Concussions are serious injuries that result from a severe blow to the head. While athletes such as boxers and football players are often prone to concussions, any person who gets into a car accident or falls down and strikes their head could also potentially get a concussion. There are several typical forms of treatment.
Types of Treatment
Rest is one of the best recovery techniques. It takes time to heal from a concussion. If rest isn't sufficient, you can also treat a concussion by taking over-the-counter medications that contain acetaminophen, such as Tylenol. This helps dull the headache that often accompanies a trauma to the brain.
Some of the acute, immediate signs that you may have a concussion include confusion, headaches, dizziness, amnesia, ringing of the ears, nausea, fatigue or slurred speech. Long-term symptoms include memory problems, increased sensitivity to light, irregular sleep and depression.
A person who has a concussion should not return to vigorous activity if symptoms of the concussion are still present. If you lose consciousness or experience amnesia during the brain injury, you should not be physically active for at least one week.
If you got a concussion while playing a sport, you should not resume playing that sport until you receive permission from your physician. Returning too soon increases the likelihood of a second concussion and could potentially lead to a life-threatening injury.
Concussions can be prevented by taking some common-sense steps. Doing things such as wearing a helmet when on a bike or motorcycle, buckling your safety belt, keeping your floors clear of clutter and not diving into shallow pools can significantly decrease your risk of incurring a concussion.