1. REMOVE YOURSELF FROM ACTIVITIES THAT COULD CAUSE HEAD TRAUMA, STRESS YOUR HEART OR STRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Resting immediately after concussion gives you the best chance of making a speedy recovery. Resting means not exerting yourself physically or cognitively, and ensuring you are safe from subsequent head impacts that could cause a second injury. Immediacy is critical - playing out the rest of a game, or even finishing the period, adds an average of five days to recovery time.
2. GET EVALUATED
If you had any signs or symptoms of a concussion, you should assume it was a concussion until you have a chance to be evaluated by an appropriate medical professional. Even if you passed a sideline evaluation, no test is perfect and signs and symptoms can appear days after the impact. Use our Scan Location search tool to schedule an appointment with one of our certified scan location providers. The Baseline Brain Scan takes less than 15 minutes and will be evaluated by one of our certified doctors who will then suggest 'next steps' to recovery road based on the scan results.
3. TAKE IT EASY
The first step in every recovery plan is to rest your body and your brain. If it causes your symptoms to worsen, don’t do it. This means no strenuous exercise, avoiding screens like television, computers, and your phone, and getting enough sleep. It may also mean taking time off from school or work, or avoiding situations with loud noise, bright lights, or crowds. However, this doesn’t mean isolate yourself in a dark room for a week. Too much isolation and boredom can be harmful, contributing to feelings of anxiety, depression, and resulting in increased recovery time. Spend time with friends and family, but monitor your symptoms and avoid situations that make you feel worse. Call the p3 team with any concerns whatsoever. We are solution-oriented and will find you the help you are in need of!
4. MONITOR YOUR SYMPTOMS CAREFULLY
Take note of any symptoms you experience, when you experience them, and how severe they are. Are they consistent? Do they get worse in certain situations? All this information will be helpful when you talk with your doctor. Feel free to reach out the p3 team with any ongoing concerns as we will aid in getting you the help that you need today!
5. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Most people recover from a concussion within a few weeks. This is almost always a temporary problem that will get better if you manage it correctly.