(HealthDay News) -- A concussion is a brain injury that stems from a violent blow, bump or jolt to the head.
Although usually not life-threatening, a concussion requires enough rest to allow the brain to heal, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The agency offers this advice:
- Rest during the day and get plenty of sleep at night. Ask loved ones for help, if needed.
- For the first few days, avoid activities that are very physically or mentally demanding, from heavy house work to balancing your checkbook.
- Gradually resume normal activities once your healthcare provider has given you the go-ahead.
- Make sure you're medically cleared to return to work, ride a bike, drive a car or operate heavy machinery.
- Only take medications prescribed to you, and don't drink alcohol.
- Avoid multi-tasking.
- Write things down if you need help remembering.
- Limit use of computers and video games.