What Should Patients Avoid if They Have a Concussion?

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Concussions are more common than you may realize and often resolve without intervention. In some cases, concussions may not even cause noticeable symptoms. Still, it is critical that patients who have sustained a suspected concussion get evaluated by a knowledgeable provider to determine the extent of their injuries, including whether any “hidden” complications – like a brain bleed – may be present. At The Wellness Institute of Dallas, functional neurology expert Dr. Brandon Nutt has extensive experience in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of concussions and concussive symptoms, being one of the only providers in the Dallas area to offer certain highly specialized technologies for functional neurology patients.

If you or someone you know is experiencing alarming or serious symptoms of a concussion, like a metal taste in your mouth, bleeding, vomiting, difficulty breathing, or any others, visit your nearest ER or urgent care right away. For mild concussions, review the following list of things to do – and what to avoid – to get relief from your symptoms and help your brain to heal as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Concussions may result from an injury or blow to the head sustained during sports, work, a fall, or another activity. Symptoms of a concussion can vary in nature and severity based on the extent of the injury, the patient’s overall health, their history of concussions, and other factors. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Blurry vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow reactions and impaired cognitive function

If you suspect that you, your child, or someone in your care has sustained a concussion, schedule an appointment at The Wellness Institute of Dallas for a comprehensive evaluation, including imaging studies, to rule out hidden injuries and complications. If your symptoms are severe – such as loss of consciousness or a throbbing in line with your heartbeat – seek emergent care at an ER or urgent care facility right away.

What things should you not do after getting a concussion?

Knowing what to do and what not to do after a concussion can help protect your brain from further injury while also allowing it to heal more efficiently and giving you faster relief from your uncomfortable symptoms. Things to avoid after a concussion include:

  • Bright lights
  • Loud noises
  • Overstimulating environments
  • Watching TV/screentime
  • Scrolling your phone
  • Poor dietary choices
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

How can I heal faster from a concussion?

In addition to avoiding the behaviors and stimulants above, patients should consider the five following tips for concussion recovery:

  • Eat a healthy, nutritious diet low in carbs and sugars
  • Stay hydrated
  • Gently stimulate your brain with a light walk, fresh air, or a friendly conversation
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take high-dose Omega 3 fatty acids under the direction and supervision of your provider

With these healthy habits, patients can help their brains to heal properly and avoid further injury and/or prolonged concussive symptoms.

Suspect a concussion? Schedule an evaluation with a leading Dallas, TX functional neurology provider today

While concussions may be more common than you think, they should still be taken seriously. Even when your symptoms appear to be mild, there may be more serious injuries that are less noticeable, and risky behavior during your recovery can worsen the injury to your brain. To learn more about concussion treatments near Highland Park and University Park, call The Wellness Institute of Dallas to schedule your consultation with Dr. Brandon Nutt today.

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