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Why Do Some Recover & Some Don't?

Updated: Mar 13


Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), is a common injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or by a sudden jolt or shake to the head and body. While concussions are generally considered to be mild injuries, they can still have serious consequences if they are not properly managed.

One question that is often asked about concussion is why some people recover quickly, while others may experience ongoing symptoms. Here are a few factors that may affect recovery from concussion:

  1. Severity of the injury: The severity of the injury is one factor that can affect recovery from concussion. In general, the more severe the injury, the longer it may take to recover.

  2. Previous concussions: Having a history of concussions may increase the risk of experiencing ongoing symptoms after a concussion. This is because repeated concussions can lead to cumulative brain damage, which may take longer to heal.

  3. Age: Age can also affect recovery from concussion. Older individuals may take longer to recover from concussion, as the brain may take longer to heal with age.

  4. Underlying health conditions: Certain underlying health conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes, may affect recovery from concussion.

  5. Coping strategies: How an individual copes with the injury can also affect recovery. For example, individuals who rest and manage their symptoms may recover more quickly than those who try to push through their symptoms and return to activities too quickly.

Overall, there are many factors that can affect recovery from concussion, and it is important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan and to allow enough time for the brain to heal. It is also important to be aware of the potential for ongoing symptoms and to seek medical attention if needed.

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