5 Ways to Self-Treat a Concussion

Football season and other fall sports are underway and if your child is involved in athletics, there is always a chance he or she could get seriously injured. Did you know that 1.6-3.8 million concussions occur each year across the U.S.?  Our friends at the Cleveland Clinic provide helpful information on warning signs of concussions as well as how to best treat them yourself.

How to Self-Treat a Concussion:

  1. Identify & avoid triggers. If you’re picking up on patterns that further irritate your concussion symptoms (looking at light, etc.), avoid them.
  2. Get plenty of sleep. This is the time where your brain will recover most. Minimize distractions you might normally use to help you fall asleep (TV, reading, etc.) as they might provide over-activity to the brain.
  3. Rest your brain. The common theme among these tips is to simply not overwork your brain. If there is hard thinking to be done, whether it is to study, read, solve a problem, etc. do it in small steps and take frequent breaks.
  4. Rest your body. Try avoiding any activities that will increase your heart rate unless you’ve been cleared by a physician.
  5. Be smart. There is never a need to rush back to playing sports or taking part in any strenuous activities.

Be patient in your recovery process so as to avoid making symptoms worse. These steps are simple and we want everyone to be safe & healthy! If you’ve been suffering from a concussion from an auto accident, medical procedure, etc., please call us.


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