What Are Your Concussion Treatment Options?

Dr. Dean Johnston, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Neurologist, discusses concussion treatment options.

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Dr. Dean Johnston, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Neurologist, discusses concussion treatment options.
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Featuring Dr. Dean Johnston, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Neurologist

Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Although research is progressing our understanding of concussion, there remain very few proven treatments for concussion.

The primary treatment centers around rest, as well as avoidance of reinjury and treatment of symptoms. Rest as a treatment for concussion needs to involve not just physical rest, but also intellectual or cognitive rest.

Patients must avoid excessive stimulation from overuse of computers, for example. Returning to work too quickly can slow the recovery of concussion, just like returning to sports too quickly can slow recovery.

Treatment of the emotional symptoms associated with concussion is often neglected, and there is some evidence that psychological therapy, like cognitive restructuring and reattribution can be quite effective in treating patients’ emotional symptoms.

Therapy for concussion often needs to be tailored to an individual patient. Patients who require more psychological therapy, for example, may benefit by treatment from a psychologist.

If you have further questions about concussion treatment, you should discuss that with your doctor.

Presenter: Dr. Dean Johnston

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.