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Concussion Treatment & Recovery

Unmarked Detour: Lengthy Concussion Recovery Disrupted Family

An athlete's extended recovery from concussion disrupts the family, not only in terms of the financial expense but on day-to-day family life, says a mom whose daughter took 14 months to recover from her concussion.

Concussion Recovery Starts With Both Physical and Cognitive Rest

The most important thing for a student-athlete to do after a concussion is get physical and cognitive rest in order reduce the work the injured brain has to do in order to give it time to heal.

Cognitive Rest After Concussion Critical To Recovery

Because a concussion impacts the brain's cognitive function (those that involve thinking, concentrating, learning and reasoning), not its structure, experts recommend that concussed students limit scholastic and other cognitive activities to allow the brain time to heal.

Cognitive Rest After Concussion Critical To Avoiding Extended Recovery

Not only is it important for concussed students to avoid play but they need to avoid cognitive exertion, says the mom of one concussed athlete, which is critical to making a successful recovery at an early point, instead of having it extended, as it was in her daughter Heidi's case.

Unmarked Detour: Mild Aerobic Exercise Helped Recovery From Post-Concussion Syndrome

Mild aerobic exercise such as walking, following an experimental protocol developed at the State University of New York at Buffalo, helped her daughter Heidi's recovery from post-concussion syndrome (PCS), says her mom, Dorothy Bedford.

Concussion Therapies: Amantadine Shows Potential in Treating Post-Concussion Syndrome

A first-of-its-kind study reports that the drug Amantadine shows promise in treating adolescents who have not spontaneously recovered from concussion following a 3 to 4 weeks of cognitive and physical rest.

Unmarked Detour: Amantadine and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Helped Recovery From Post-Concussion Syndrome

Ten months post-concussion, Dorothy Bedford explains how two months on the drug Amantadine, followed by six weeks of vestibular balance therapy, were the final steps on her daughter Heidi's road to recovery.

Academic Accommodations for Concussion Different For Each Student

A student-athlete's cognitive function after concussion ordinarily goes through two, and sometimes three, phases depending on the severity of concussion, and when a concussed athlete returns to school, academic accommodations are often required.

“Functional Medicine”: Treatment Options For Concussions or Trauma

Diagnosis and prevention of head injuries has come a long way, but actual treatment options in the medical model, besides medication for headache, rest and cautioning against a premature return to play, have lagged behind. Edward Feldman, D.C., RCST, offers a natural and non-invasive way to heal called "Functional Medicine" which includes craniosacral therapy (developed in osteopathy) and use of the Feldenkrais Method.

Dizziness At Time of Concussion Linked To Increased Risk of Longer Recovery

Athletes who experience dizziness at the time of concussion injury are six times more likely to experience a protracted recovery than those who don't become dizzy, says a new study, which suggests specific testing for the symptom at the time of injury to inform prognosis and potential therapies to speed recovery.

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