Concussion - what to ask your doctor - adult

  • Definition
    • You had a concussion. This is a mild brain injury. It can affect how your brain works for a while.

      Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your concussion.

  • Alternative Names
    • What to ask your doctor about concussion - adult; Brain injury - mild - what to ask your doctor - adult

  • Questions
    • What types of symptoms or problems will I have?

      • Will I have problems thinking or remembering?
      • Will I have a headache?
      • How long will the symptoms last?
      • Will all the symptoms and problems go away?

      Does someone need to stay with me?

      • For how long?
      • Is it ok for me to go to sleep?
      • If I go to sleep, does someone need to wake me up and check on me?

      What type of activity can I do?

      • Do I need to stay in bed or lie down?
      • Can I do housework? How about yard work?
      • When can I begin to exercise? When can I start contact sports, such as football or soccer? When can I begin skiing or snowboarding

      When can I go back to work?

      • What should I tell my boss about my concussion?
      • Do I need to take special memory tests to determine if I am fit for work?
      • Can I work a full day?
      • Will I need to rest during the day?

      What medicines can I use for pain or headache? Can I use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medicines?

      Is it ok to eat? Will I feel sick to my stomach?

      When can I drink alcohol?

      Do I need a follow-up appointment?

      When should I call the doctor?

  • References
    • Giza CC, Kutcher JS, Ashwal S, et al. Summary of evidence-based guideline update: evaluation and management of concussion in sports: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2013;80:2250-2257. PMID 23508730

      Pardini J, Bailes, JE, Maroon JC. Mild traumatic brain injury in adults and concussion in sports. In: Winn HR, ed. Youman's Neurological Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 332.