Concussion: Diagnosis and treatment details

Any type of blow to the head, even one that doesn't seem severe, can cause a serious injury such as a concussion. Rather than hope you can treat the injury on your own, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention.

Your medical team can run a variety of tests to diagnose your condition, including but not limited to:

  • Imaging tests, such as an X-ray, MRI and CT scan
  • Cognitive testing
  • Neurological exam

Along with the above, your doctor may ask you to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. This gives them the opportunity to monitor your condition as to better understand your injury and the best treatment strategy.

What's the best concussion treatment?

The primary thing to remember when recovering from a concussion is that you need to get the proper amount of rest. This gives your brain the opportunity to recover from the injury.

Not only should you get the recommended amount of physical rest, but the same holds true from a mental perspective.

For example, if you work a job in which you're on your feet all day, it's best to take time away. The same holds true if you often find yourself staring at a computer screen for many hours each day.

If you don't treat a concussion in the appropriate manner, it's more difficult to get past the symptoms and regain full control of your life.

If you're part of an on-the-job accident that causes a head injury, don't hesitate to report the incident to your employer. This will help you when filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits upon learning your prognosis.

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