Typically the first question a patient who has experienced a concussion will ask a Dr is “When can I go back to work?
Returning to Work After a Concussion
Typically the first question a patent who has experienced a concussion will ask a Dr is “When can I go back to work?”. The answer is not very simple and everyone experience is different. Below are several factors that can impact your ability to return to work
- The severity of your injury
- The type and severity of your symptoms
- The type of work you do
- The type of environment you work in
- How well you manage your symptoms
How can I manage my symptoms once I return to work?
Once you are cleared by your Dr to return to work, managing your symptoms and energy level should be your top priority. Taking it slow and learning to conserve energy is about finding a balance between work and rest which will allow you to recover faster and be more productive.
What if I am not ready to return to work or I have returned and I am not feeling any better?
A concussion is a unique injury that affects everyone differently. Therefore everyone will experience different recovery times. Most will notice their symptoms reduced or gone within a few days while others may take longer to recover.
Planning a return to work is more realistic when you can tolerate light activity at home. If you are struggling to manage your symptoms or to progress at work you may need further evaluation and intervention from a health professional who is trained in concussion assessment and rehabilitation.