Children and teenagers who have sustained concussions need to be closely monitored. Attentive care from pediatricians and physicians can help keep them from suffering long-term, possibly permanent damage.
Who should be screened for concussions?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), physicians should screen individuals who have been injured in:
- High-speed activities (car accident)
- Sports and recreational activities
- Falls, especially from a significant distance
- Physical mistreatment
- Blast exposures (military personnel)
How do I determine when my patients can resume their normal activities?
According to the CDC, a patient should not undertake any activity that causes concussion symptoms to reemerge. Physical and mental rest are the keys to recovery.
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