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Preventing a Second Concussion While Recovering from the First

Mar 8th, 2023

If you experience a concussion, it is crucial to adhere to your doctor’s instructions for rest until fully recovered, even if your symptoms are mild. A concussion occurs when your brain jostles inside your skull, weakening the tissues that hold it in place. Once this occurs, even a minor impact could potentially cause a second concussion that can be more damaging and potentially fatal. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to address issues related to brain safety. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to protect yourself after a concussion and ways to prevent a second concussion while recovering from the first.

What Happens if You Get a Second Concussion?

Getting a second concussion before the initial concussion has fully healed can have severe and sometimes deadly consequences. This is because the tissues holding your brain in place have been weakened and are not as capable of protecting your brain against the shock of additional impacts. At best, subsequent concussions can result in further brain damage that can lead to long-term complications and possibly even cause permanent impairments. At worst, a second concussion can trigger second impact syndrome (SIS), a condition that causes immediate brain swelling and is almost always fatal. For these reasons, it is important to take all necessary precautions to avoid another concussion while you are still recovering from your initial injury.

Tips for Preventing a Second Concussion

The best way to prevent a second concussion is by taking proper precautions during your recovery process. Your doctor will provide specific recommendations, but here are some general tips to help protect you from further injury:

  • Avoid strenuous physical activity, including lifting heavy objects, sudden bending, and especially any contact sports or activities that pose a significant risk of impact.
  • Avoid excessive activities that stimulate cognitive brain function, such as computer time, watching TV, reading small print, and driving. These “brain-straining” activities may slow down your healing process.
  • Avoid driving. If you need to travel by car, make sure your driver is careful about bumps in the road, sudden stops, turns, and so on.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice regarding medications and therapies related to your injury.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if your symptoms return or worsen.

If you have sustained a concussion or other TBI due to someone else’s negligence, it is crucial to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to assess your situation, monitor your condition, and help you receive a fair settlement if a personal injury claim becomes necessary.

Our brain injury attorneys are highly experienced and provide our clients with the best possible legal representation and securing the compensation they deserve. Contact our offices today to learn more.