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Health Tip: Don't Overdo It After a Concussion

Rest is crucial to recovery

(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.
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