Questions to ask your doctor about treatment for concussions

Questions to ask your doctor about treatment for concussions

A concussion is a type of brain injury that can affect how your brain works for a period of time. Traumatic brain injuries such as this are common in people who play sports or work in construction but can also occur in those who were involved in a vehicular accident.

A concussion is usually brought on by the head receiving a bump, blow or jolt from a fall or an accident. Treatment for a concussion involves physical and mental rest. If you or a loved one has recently suffered a concussion, you likely have many questions you would like to ask and have answered, especially those regarding your recovery.

Questions About Concussion Treatment

You need all the information you can get from a doctor for the best outcome. Here are a few questions you should ask your doctor about concussion treatment.

  1. What symptoms are considered normal for someone who has suffered a concussion? Headaches and memory problems are two of the biggest concerns of people who themselves have had a concussion or are caring for someone with a concussion.
  2. How do I respond to concussion symptoms? Knowing what to do in case symptoms develop is very helpful. Limiting the activities that bring on symptoms is usually recommended.
  3. Will I need assistance during recovery? Arranging for care and concerns such as how long will a companion be necessary is also important. Several factors can influence a doctor’s recommendation, such as the occupation of the person who has suffered a concussion. In many cases, someone should awaken the patient regularly at least within the first 24 hours since the incident.
  4. How much sleep should I be getting? A person in recovery from a concussion should have at least eight hours of sleep every night. Napping guidelines vary depending on the person’s schedule prior to the concussion. Napping often may make it difficult to have a regular sleep schedule.
  5. What types of activities can I do? Light activities can be resumed a few days after the day of the concussion. Again, recommendations vary depending on the patient’s occupation and lifestyle. However, avoiding activities that can lead to reinjury applies to all concussion patients.
  6. What other treatments should I receive? While a large part of concussion treatment focuses on recovery, depending on the severity of the injury, the patient may need medical treatment for symptoms such as headaches, rehabilitation, balance retraining, cognitive retraining, and counseling.

Recovery from a concussion is highly personal and treatment is individualized. Choosing a doctor that specializes in rehabilitating patients who have had a mild traumatic injury is ideal.

Brain Injury Certified Doctor in Wilmington, Newark, Middletown, Smyrna, and Dover

At Delaware Back Pain & Sports Rehabilitation Centers, we are dedicated to helping you completely recover from your brain injury. We have a brain injury-certified physician, Dr. Anne Mack, on our team, ensuring you receive specialized and focused care for your condition. Dr. Mack has decades of experience rehabilitating patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Your brain is too important, therefore, trust only a specialist with your care. Dr. Mack will evaluate your injury, coordinate your care and treatment, and get you back to work or sports after a concussion. For any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mack, call our facility nearest you or use our convenient appointment request form.