Nobody can predict how long concussion symptoms last; they last for various lengths of time. A concussion symptom results from the brain being jarred inside the skull. So just as the strength, direction, and other circumstances of an impact vary, so do the symptoms.
General Time Frame
A very mild concussion might not have noticeable symptoms at all. A severe concussion could result in permanent symptoms of brain damage. And some symptoms might not even show themselves for a few days or more.
All that said, most sports concussions tend to last 10 days to a few months. But those who have had a prior concussion take longer to heal. Especially if the first concussion was within a year prior to the second, the recovery time is extended.
One of the most important steps to ensure that recovery is as swift and effective as possible is to get a medical assessment and medical help. And remember, concussion victims are not necessarily the best judges of their own condition.
No matter how long concussion symptoms last, it’s important to ensure that there is no second concussion, especially while recovering from the first. As mentioned above, a second concussion even a year later will take longer to heal than the first one.
Provide an environment helpful for recovery. If you are the one who has suffered the concussion, you need to:
- Have someone around at all times, day and night, for the first two or three days in case.
- Get a lot of rest during the day and sleep at night.
- Try using ice for your headaches, if you have them.
- Eat healthy, but if you’re feeling at all sick, keep it light.
- Keep your doctor appointments. And don’t hide any symptoms from the doctor.
- If a new symptom appears, contact the doctor.
You need to avoid:
- Bright light.
- Aspirin or ibuprofen unless the doctor specifically allows them. They can make internal bleeding worse.
- Straining your brain. Try not to multitask.
- Air travel.
- Watching a lot of TV or playing computer games – too much bright light, motion, sounds.
No matter how long concussion symptoms last, the brain needs that time to heal. Work with your doctor, take care of your brain, and let the healing happen.