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Concussions require weeks of mental and physical rest

As you may have read in other posts on this blog, concussions are not to be taken lightly. At Bendall & Mednick, we understand the serious ramifications that can result from a concussion that is not accurately diagnosed or treated properly. It is important that you and other Schenectady residents understand the time and measures that are involved in recovering from a concussion.

It is crucial for those suffering from a concussion to get plenty of rest, both physically and mentally, for up to several weeks, states the Mayo Clinic. While you are recovering from a head injury, you will need to take it easy for a while and not engage in physical activities, such as sports, working out or playing. However, it is just as important to rest your mind and avoid activities that require thinking or concentration. This means staying away from television, reading, video games and homework until your doctor says it is all right to resume these activities. While you are recovering, you will most likely be restricted from going to school or work at first, and then gradually be allowed to add to your physical and mental load. For example, you might return to work for a couple of hours and receive a lighter work load, gradually adding to your hours and work a little at a time.

Why are all of these restrictions necessary? Medical professionals say that if you have already had a concussion, the chances of a subsequent head wound being serious are higher. If you have had multiple head injuries in your life, you could face permanent debilitation or death. You may learn more about the importance of diagnosing a head injury by visiting our brain injury page.

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