The following key messages about concussion are based on the scientific evidence and expert recommendations in the Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Prolonged Symptoms (3rd Edition) for Adults over 18 Years of Age2and the Standards for Post-Concussion Care 3
• If you think you have a concussion, see a medical doctor or nurse practitioner to be diagnosed.
• After a concussion, rest for the first 24-48 hours, then gradually return to daily activities.
• As you start to feel better, it’s important to get back to doing your normal activities. Be aware of your symptoms, but know that you don’t need to be symptom-free before trying to get back to your routine.
• Every patient diagnosed with concussion should receive follow-up (usually from their family doctor) within 1-2 weeks. Most people who experience a concussion make a full recovery within 4 weeks.
• If you aren’t getting better, talk to your family doctor so that they can refer you to a healthcare provider with experience managing your specific concussion symptoms.