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Bad advice may hamper concussion recovery

from Healio (blog)

Anthony P. Kontos, Ph.D., writes, "Patients often see a pediatrician or emergency department physician first after a concussion and are usually sent home with the following advice: take an immediate break from physical and cognitive activity (i.e., rest completely) and/or gradually ease back into normal activity as symptoms tolerate and seek further care if symptoms persist or worsen. Our recent findings suggest that this approach, which reflects current consensus, may need to also include advice to seek early care from a concussion specialty clinic. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program, we have spent the last 20 years developing and evolving an evidence-based model for concussion care. Our approach is predicated on a clinical profiles model based on a comprehensive assessment and clinical evaluation involving a multidisciplinary team and targeted, active treatments that provide precision care for each patient and each injury." more

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