AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


After Concussion, Rest May Not Always Be the Best Medicine, Experts Say

Prescribed rest – both physical and mental – is the standard treatment for concussion. But a growing body of evidence suggests that a more active, targeted approach might provide better outcomes for some patients. “Matching treatments to specific symptoms, impairments and clinical profiles may…improve recovery after concussion,” according to the statement by panel of medical and other experts. While more research is needed, the panel cites emerging evidence that “multiple active rehabilitation strategies” might be more effective than simply recommending rest for every patient with concussion. Michael W. Collins, PhD, of University of Pittsburgh is lead author of the new report. 

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