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Concussion Management

Returning to Daily Home/Community Activities

Increased rest and limited exertion are important to facilitate the patient's recovery. Physicians should be cautious about allowing patients to return to driving, especially if the patient has problems with attention, processing speed, or reaction time. Patients should also be advised to get adequate sleep at night and to take daytime naps or rest breaks when significant fatigue is experienced. Symptoms typically worsen or re-emerge with exertion. Let any return of a patient's symptoms be the guide to the level of exertion or activity that is safe.

Patients should limit both physical and cognitive exertion accordingly.

  • Physical activity includes PE, sports practices, weight-training, running, exercising, heavy lifting, etc.
  • Cognitive activity includes heavy concentration or focus, memory, reasoning, reading or writing (e.g., homework, classwork, job-related mental activity)

As symptoms decrease, or as cognitive test results show improvement, patients may return to their regular activities gradually. However, the patient's overall status should continue to be monitored closely.

 


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