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What are treatment options for a concussion?

The best way to treat a concussion is to get complete rest from active physical and mental activities. Television, computers, and music should be limited, or even stopped if they worsen symptoms. You should get plenty of fluids and have general healthy behaviors, such as eating well and getting enough sleep. If symptoms become worse, or the patient experiences changes in behavior, such as anxiety, grogginess or confusion, they should immediately see a doctor.

 If you have a headache, you can usually take acetaminophen. If you've had a concussion, always ask your doctor before you take any medicine.

Sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury. Accessed July 20, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: epidemiology and rehabilitation.. Accessed July 20, 2015

National Institutes of Health. Traumatic brain injury (TBI): Condition Information. . Accessed July 21, 2015

Current Concepts In Concussion: Evaluation And Management by Scorza KA, Raleigh MF, O’Connor FG (Am Fam Physician )

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 08/15
Created: 09/00

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