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What to do after a concussion

A concussion in Arizona is usually a relatively mild brain injury with temporary ill effects. However, it could potentially lead to more serious complications if not handled properly. We at the Law Office of JoJene E. Mills believe that it is best for you to see a doctor after a concussion and follow his or her advice for your recovery.

Nevertheless, it may also be a good idea to have an idea of what sorts of things to do, and which to avoid, following a concussion. 

What to avoid 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, you should refrain from taking certain pain relievers that can promote bleeding, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, following a concussion. Ask your doctor for any recommendations of medications you can take to help control your pain.

Your symptoms may worsen with an increased heart rate, so you should avoid any unnecessary strenuous activity. If avoidable, do not drive for 24 hours after a concussive injury. You may have an accident due to decreased reaction time.

You can occupy your recovery time with video games, watching television or reading, but stop if you experience symptoms. 

What to do

In the past, doctors believed that it was dangerous to fall asleep with a concussion. Further research has demonstrated that this is not true. Now it is advisable to get plenty of sleep during a concussion because of its restorative properties.

You should take time to rest both your brain and your body, avoiding any activities that increase your symptoms. You should resume your normal activities slowly and not do too much, too soon. More information on brain injuries is available on our website.

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