Concussion Treatment and Recovery Steps

Concussion Treatment and Recovery Steps

After using the concussion symptom checklist, several readers have asked for information on concussion treatment and recovery guidelines.

In response, we have developed a brief guide that summarizes current best practices for concussion treatment and recovery.

Concussions cause an acute energy crisis in the brain, primarily during the first 7-10 days after sustaining a concussion. In a process called the concussion neurometabolic cascade, the brain experiences a severe crash in glucose levels, along with reduced cerebral blood flow.

Giving your brain the time to heal during this critical 7-10 day window after a concussion is very important. Most re-injuries (additional concussions) happen within the first two weeks of the initial concussion, if normal activities and sports are resumed before *all* concussion symptoms have resolved.

This concussion treatment guide details the six concussion recovery stages, starting with complete cognitive rest, and ending with a return to normal activities when all concussion symptoms have resolved:

Concussion symptom checklist:

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