Concussions happen when you experience any type of blow or bump to the head or anything that jars the brain. Experiencing this type of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury can cause a wide range of symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, brain fog, sensitivity to light, irritability, and more. Once you’ve been assessed by a professional to ensure that your injury is mild enough to be managed from home, it’s time to create a recovery plan.
One of the often-overlooked aspects of concussion recovery is your support network. Building a support network can aid in recovery in a physical and mental sense and can include support from your social network, and professionals.
Building a support network during concussion recovery
Any injury, especially concussions can result in feelings of isolation and difficulty with everyday tasks. In addition, concussion recovery often requires time off from regular social activities like sports, school or work and even taking time away from screens (limited texting, social networks, etc). This can make you feel disconnected from your friends and typical social supports.
While you may need to change your schedule for a bit, you can plan ways to incorporate your social support into your recovery in ways that you can manage.
- Ask friends and family to check in with you regularly – calls to catch up on what you missed at school, etc.
- Ask your friends and family for help with tasks you find difficult during recovery (driving you to appointments, making dinner, cleaning, etc).
- Be a non-active participant in your usual sports and group activities (taking score, bringing snacks).
Recovery from something like a concussion can feel overwhelming or confusing. That’s when the support of a professional can help. If you’re struggling with a lengthy recovery or symptoms that are particularly detrimental seek out the education and support of a professional that specializes in concussion treatment such as the practitioners at Mimico Physiotherapy.
If your child or teen has suffered from a concussion you may want to consider looking into specialized treatment from a kid’s physical therapist like the one at Movement First Physio for child-focused solutions and prevention education.
Concussion recovery doesn’t have to be isolating or overwhelming, by building a support network of friends, family and professionals you will be back to feeling like yourself in no time!