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Treating a concussion after a workplace injury

You've suffered a concussion at work and now it's time to turn your attention to the future. In addition to concerns about returning to your job as quickly as possible, you need to focus on following a detailed treatment strategy for making a full recovery.

Your doctor will walk you through the best approach to treatment, based on their experience and knowledge of your injury. Here are some of the things your doctor will ask of you:

  • Avoid physical activity: The last thing you want to do when recovering from a concussion is strike your head. For this reason, you should avoid all physical activity, such as sports and roughhousing with your children.
  • Give your brain time to rest: This means many things, such as avoiding activities that require mental concentration. From working on your computer to playing video games, you'll need to cut these activities out of your life for now.
  • Get enough sleep: Sleep is when your brain recovers, so you'll want to get plenty of rest in the days and weeks following your concussion. Your doctor can give you an exact idea of how many hours they want you sleeping each night.

A concussion is a serious brain injury that can result in long-term issues if not dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner. For example, pushing yourself too hard and too soon can lead to post-concussion syndrome.

If your doctor suggests time away from work after a concussion, learn more about the steps you can take to obtain workers' compensation benefits. This money will help you during the recovery process.

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