For the vast majority of concussions, simply resting and gradually returning to activity under the guidance of a medical professional clears up concussion symptoms in a matter of days or weeks. This is the current standard of care, and has helped countless concussion victims through a full recovery. Sometimes, however, rest on its own isn’t enough, and so doctors may suggest trying active treatments to target symptoms that are not resolving on their own.
When should I consider trying active treatments?
The decision to augment traditional concussion recovery with active treatments is an important conversation with your doctor. Unfortunately, there are currently no empirical guidelines on when is most appropriate to begin active treatments, underscoring the importance of working with an experienced doctor who has helped patients navigate the process before. As a rule of thumb, most medical professionals suggest waiting at least several weeks after injury before beginning additional treatments, fearing that beginning active treatments too soon may actually hamper recovery by over-exerting vulnerable brain cells.
What treatments are available?
There are many treatments available to help concussion patients recover. Below, we provide a list of treatments that are supported by peer-reviewed scientific publications. Every concussion is different, however, so what works for others may not work for everyone. Often patients will try many different treatments unsuccessfully before finding the right one. Patience is key. It may be slow going, but remember that almost all concussions recover eventually!