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Treatments for Concussion

For many concussion cases, treatment involves careful observation and making sure the patient gets lots of rest during the day and night, as well as avoiding certain physical activities and perhaps taking some over-the-counter medicines to relieve headache. If symptoms do not get better after a few days, or if they get worse, the patient should see a doctor who specializes in concussions.

Treatments for more serious brain injuries that involve bleeding in the brain are done in a hospital. Rare long-term complications include brain swelling (especially if the patient has a second concussion while still recovering from the first), long-term changes in the brain and symptoms of the concussion becoming persistent. 

Locations for Concussion