A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces, which can be caused by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or indirectly on another Healthy Body area with an impulsive force transmitted to the head. Rest in the early phase of injury, especially in the first 24-48 hours, plays a critical role in recovery. Evidence suggests however that getting physical activity early (after 1-2 initial days of rest) may facilitate a quicker recovery. This can be as simple as a daily walk but as a general rule should not further aggravate symptoms.
Concussions also require cognitive rest in the early stages ( 1-10 days, may depend on the severity of symptoms). Tasks requiring attention, concentration and visual effort require considerable energy to accomplish. Engaging in these tasks prematurely may cause symptoms to worsen and prolong recovery, which is why modifications to school or work routines may be required. Current recommendations suggest eliminating the following after experiencing a concussion: TV, Video Games, Texting, Reading, Computer work. The goal is to limit cognitive activity to a level that is tolerable and does not worsen or result in re-emergence of symptoms.
You may be asking yourself, what can I do or what activities are safe while recovering from a concussion? In general, activities that do not require significant visual demand are often tolerated reasonably well after a concussion. Audio activities such as podcasts, audiobooks, listening to music or the radio; going for a walk and gentle household chores are often well tolerated. It is important to keep yourself engaged in some level of activity while recovering from a concussion.
Concussions, like any other physical injury, should be properly managed and rehabilitated; especially when symptoms persist beyond the first few days. If you or someone you know suspects or has been diagnosed with a concussion please call ProActive Rehab at 705-788-1480 to book a Concussion Assessment. Our rehab team is well trained in concussion management and we are eager to get you back to Healthy Living without concussion symptoms and to return to doing what you love!