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What to do if you have a concussion: four helpful tips

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that can happen to anyone, whether you're an athlete or not.

They occur when your head experiences a sudden jolt or blow, causing your brain to move rapidly back and forth inside your skull. While concussions are typically mild and often resolve on their own, they can still have severe consequences if not properly managed.

We'll go over what to do if you suspect you or someone you know has a concussion, including when to seek medical attention at your local CityMD location and how to best care for yourself during recovery.


Concussion symptoms

Concussions can cause a range of symptoms that vary from person to person, but some of the most common ones include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Changes in mood or behavior

You may also have difficulty concentrating, feel fatigued or drowsy, and have trouble sleeping. Some people who have a concussion may even lose consciousness.

If you have recently experienced a head injury and have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention right away. At CityMD, our team of medical professionals can help diagnose your concussion, ensure you receive the proper care and treatment, and help you on the road to recovery.


What to do if you have a concussion

If you suspect that you or someone you know has a concussion, there are several steps you should take to ensure a safe and effective recovery.

Here are four helpful tips for when you have a concussion.

1. Rest

You need to give your brain time to heal. That's why it's crucial to avoid physical and mental activity as much as possible in the days following the injury.

This means avoiding screens, including TVs, computers, and smartphones, and taking a break from physical activities like sports or exercise.

2. Monitor your symptoms

Keep an eye out for any changes in your symptoms. Let your doctor know if you experience any new or worsening symptoms.

Be honest with your doctor about how you're feeling. This will help them provide you with the best possible care.

3. Seek medical attention

Make an appointment with a physician right away if you think you have a concussion. At CityMD our providers can assess the severity of your injury and recommend the appropriate treatment.

4. Follow your doctor's instructions

Your doctor will provide specific instructions for your recovery, including when it's safe to return to school or work, when you can resume physical activity, and any medications you may need to take.

Remember, recovering from a concussion can take time, so try to be patient and take care of yourself during the process. Most people can fully recover from a concussion with the proper care and treatment.


What not to do when you have a concussion

When it comes to concussions, there are certain things you should avoid to ensure a safe and effective recovery.

Here are some things you should NOT do if you suspect you have a concussion.

1. Don't ignore your symptoms

It's important to take your symptoms seriously and seek medical attention right away. Ignoring your symptoms or trying to "tough it out" can worsen your injury and delay your recovery.

2. Don't return to physical activity too soon

Give your brain time to heal.

Avoid physical activity until your doctor says it's safe to resume. Returning to sports or exercise too soon can increase your risk of another concussion and other serious complications.

3. Don't drink alcohol or use drugs

Alcohol and drugs can slow your recovery and increase your risk of further injury. Avoid these substances until you recover from a concussion.

4. Don't take medications without your doctor's approval

Some medications can make a concussion worse. Check with your doctor before taking any new drugs or resuming any medications you were taking before your injury.

Remember, a concussion is a serious injury that requires proper care and attention. You can ensure a safe and effective recovery by following these tips and listening to all of your doctor’s instructions.


Concussion treatment At CityMD

At CityMD, we understand the importance of prompt and effective treatment for concussions. Our experienced doctors and medical staff are trained to provide comprehensive care for all head injuries, including concussions.

From evaluations to treatment and aftercare, our providers will answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the recovery process.

If you suspect you or someone you know has a concussion, don't hesitate to visit any CityMD urgent care location for prompt and effective treatment. Just walk in.

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