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Brain injuries: How to deal with initial concussion recovery

Research into the causes and consequences of concussions is ongoing, and so is determining the dos and don'ts of the recovery process. What many people in Ontario might not realize is that concussions are brain injuries caused by the brain slamming into the walls of the skull during sports activities or car accidents, and repeated incidents could exacerbate the long-term consequences. One thing that is clear is that a medical evaluation is crucial for anyone who shows signs of head trauma.

Mental and physical rest is recommended for the first two days after the incident that caused the concussion, and if the doctor approves, the injured person can make a gradual return to physical activities. Gradual is the key word here, as any subsequent sudden movement of the brain inside the skull could worsen the symptoms. Caution is required with playing sports and doing household chores, but riding bikes, driving cars, working with heavy equipment and climbing ladders might be best avoided until the doctor approves of such activities to be resumed.

In the not-too-distant past, concussion victims were advised to avoid all activity and rest in a dark room. However, researchers have found that light activity done with caution benefits the recovery process. A patient must understand that a concussion can affect cognitive functions such as concentration, decision making and reactions, and if those symptoms worsen instead of improving, more drastic medical intervention might be necessary.

Along with the emotional and psychological impact of brain injuries, victims have to deal with unanticipated financial consequences. Mounting medical bills and lost income due to the inability to return to work can cause additional stress and anxiety. If another party was responsible for the incident that caused the injuries, financial relief might be pursued through the Ontario civil justice system. An experienced personal injury lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal proceedings.

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