A concussion is an injury to the brain that can range from mild to severe. Moderate to severe concussions typically requires emergency care, followed by a lengthy period of recovery. Every patient’s recovery is unique. At Good Samaritan Hospital, our emergency care team, neurologists, and rehabilitation therapists are dedicated to getting you back on your feet again.
Getting Plenty of Rest
There is no way to accelerate the course of healing. Instead, it’s necessary to get plenty of rest and wait for the symptoms to dissipate. Trying to ignore your symptoms and carrying out daily tasks despite them might even make concussion symptoms worse. The emergency care doctor will likely advise you to avoid physically demanding activities, sports activities, driving and doing “close” work such as reading. It’s also essential to avoid screen time, including your computer, TV, cellphone, and any other electronic gadgets.
Following Your Doctor’s Instructions
Your doctor will provide additional instructions during your recovery . It may be a good idea to have someone else read these discharge instructions and help you follow them since a concussion can cause problems with your memory. Your doctor might recommend that you avoid alcohol, take or avoid certain medications, and consume nutritious meals during your recovery.
Resuming Normal Activities
Your doctor will let you know when you can resume normal activities such as driving, working, and reading. Generally, a gradual return to activity is advised. If any symptoms recur, you can contact your doctor for additional guidance. To hear about returning to sports activities, watch this video. It features an emergency care doctor at Good Samaritan Hospital. He explains that it’s crucial to wait for the full resolution of your symptoms before returning to sports.
In addition to our exceptional emergency care services, Good Samaritan Hospital is pleased to offer comprehensive rehabilitation support for our patients in San Jose. Our skilled rehabilitation therapists provide unique services for patients suffering from impairments caused by a head injury. If you have questions, you can reach a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 724-2362.