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Healing From A Brain Injury/Concussion

You should know the signs of a concussion/brain injury. But it’s equally important to know how to proceed afterwards. Obviously, getting examined quickly by a doctor in the Tampa Bay area immediately is key. Below are recovery tips from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center:

Things That Improve Healing

  • Maximize downtime/rest during the day
  • Get plenty of sleep at night
  • Protect yourself from another concussion: avoid contact sports, combatives, etc
  • Let others know that you’ve had a concussion so they can watch out for you
  • Return immediately to your medical provider if you’re feeling worse or experiencing any of the warning signs*

Things That Impair Healing

  • Another concussion before healing from the first one
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Inadequate sleep (made worse by caffeine or “energy-enhancing” products)
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other over-the-counter pain medications unless instructed by your doctor
  • Sleeping aids and sedatives unless instructed by your doctor
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