This blog post was made a while back, from time-to-time I will republish them with associated comments that resulted. This topic is about “rest” after the injury. Most if not all medical professionals now prescribe this method, but as we found out in Zurich recently, the research behind exactly what “rest” is and for how long is unknown. What is known allowing the brain to settle down for a period of time is highly beneficial.
Although most point to physical rest as the major component of concussion management the truth of the matter is that all activity that affects brain activity needs to be limited after a concussion. If we use the “snow globe” analogy; all the flakes in the globe must come to rest before exposing it to further activity. What excites the “flakes” or brain, honestly, just waking up does this. That is why I have been hammering on the need for COMPLETE rest after a concussive episode. It is also why I am a firm believer in getting kids out of school while the brain injury heals.
This information is not new to you that read the blog, but it seems that this management technique is just catching on as a principal protocol, rather than using it if there are setbacks;
“There is so little we really know about concussions,” said Dr. Mary Dombovy, vice president of Unity Neurosciences, which includes physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology and neurosurgery. “We’re learning more as time goes by. What we’re learning is it’s not just physical exertion that is making the brain work harder. School tasks, studying for tests, trying to write a paper, these things are very stressful for people who’ve had a concussion.”
It is not that it is stressful, per se, it is that the brain is FUNCTIONING to do those tasks and like getting on crutches for a broken leg, the only way to get the brain on “crutches” is to not give it any stimulation. Along with that comes how long and what to do when symptoms have gone, to me it is obvious that this is where you then begin the Zurich RTP protocol (the current concussion management protocol I use).
What I am having a hard time fathoming is Continue reading