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The diagnosis and treatment of a concussion

Imagine a scenario in which you've suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle accident. There's a lot happening around you, but your health should take top priority for the time being.

Upon presenting at a local hospital, your doctor will evaluate your condition, review your medical history and conduct a thorough exam to help them better understand your injuries and prognosis.

In addition to neurological and cognitive testing, you can expect your doctor to order one or more imaging tests, such as:

  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • X-ray

Depending on what your doctor learns on these tests, they may require overnight hospitalization for observation. You can expect a nurse or another member of your medical team to wake you up throughout the night to ensure that you're okay.

Treatment options

The most important thing you can do post-concussion is get enough rest, as this gives your brain time to recover from its injury. Your doctor will tell you how much to sleep, and what you should and shouldn't be doing while awake.

It's important to not only rest physically, but to do so mentally as well. This means avoiding anything that could put stress on your brain, such as watching television, using a computer, playing video games or doing too much paperwork.

Depending on the severity of your concussion and symptoms, your doctor may suggest that you shorten your workdays for the time being. Also, it's critical to slowly ease back into your regular schedule, as pushing yourself too soon could worsen your symptoms.

Keep in mind that post-concussion syndrome could come into play, with this occurring when your original symptoms present once again. Don't ignore this with the hope that you can solve the problem yourself, as you may require additional treatment.

A concussion that results from a motor vehicle, pedestrian or bicycle accident should lead you to learn more about your legal rights.

In addition to filing an insurance claim, you may be able to make a third-party claim against the negligent party. It's important to take all the necessary steps in holding the negligent driver responsible, as this can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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