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Recovering from a Concussion

Recovering from a Concussion takes time - days, weeks, or even months depending on the severity of the injury. You may continue to experience trouble concentrating, have difficulty with your memory, be irritable, experience headaches, dizziness or even blurry vision. These symptoms will go away slowly.

Rest is best in order to permit your brain to recover from a concussion injury. Eat a light diet. Avoid exercise, weight lifting or heavy activities. Activities that require mental concentration, such as computers, video games, television, or texting should also be avoided. Avoid alcohol until you are completely recovered. For students, school workloads should be temporarily reduced.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is permitted for headaches. The risk for bleeding increases using pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or similar medications, therefore, use of these should be avoided.

You are advised not to make any important, life changing decision while recovering from a concussion.

Follow specific instructions given by your medical provider. The more you are able to abide by the restrictions, the faster your recovery will be. Your medical provider will clear you before you can return to work or active play time.