Activities to Avoid So that You Minimize the Likelihood of Complications
Any type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, has the potential for serious medical complications, even bumps or blows to the head that are considered mild or inconsequential. While the majority of people who suffer a mild TBI experience a full recovery within a relatively short period of time, certain activities can increase your risk of complications.
To afford yourself the best opportunity for maximum recovery after a traumatic brain injury, you should:
- Refrain from doing anything that requires you to lift anything heavier than a plate of food or a beverage, or that requires that you do a lot of standing, sitting, squatting or bending over
- Discontinue participation in all recreational sports unless and until cleared by your doctor
- Bring in a maid or leave the household chores to someone else—don’t do any sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, mowing or yard work until your physician okays it
- Limit your exposure to any type of screen, whether it’s a television, movie screen, smartphone, computer or tablet. Bright or harsh light of any kind interfere with your recovery.
- If at all possible, stay away from situations that would expose you to loud sounds or noises—no concerts, football games or similar events
- Avoid things that necessitate significant mental exertion or concentration—your brain needs rest to heal…it’s not time to read War And Peace and you may want to let someone else handle your finances for a little while
- Stay away from alcohol or recreational drugs, and limit prescription or over-the-counter drugs to those prescribed by your physician
- Don’t try to multi-task—it’s too taxing on your brain
- Make certain you eat properly—Certain foods and beverages can promote brain health after any type of head trauma and others can be detrimental. Consult your doctor to ensure that you are getting the necessary nutrition to maximize your recovery.
- Avoid getting on an airplane unless absolutely necessary. Evidence suggests that flying in a plane in the hours, days and weeks after a traumatic brain injury can aggravate your condition
Contact Core Medical Center Today
At Core Medical Center, we have worked extensively with men and women who have suffered any type of traumatic brain injury or TBI. We have the knowledge, skill and resources to conduct a thorough assessment of your injuries and determine whether we can oversee your treatment or need to refer you to a specialist, such as a neurologist of physiatrist. To learn more, contact Core Medical Center online or call our offices in Blue Springs, Missouri, at (816) 226-9957.