ANNAPOLIS, Md., Dec. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The medical providers at HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care, the premier community concussion clinic for the diagnosis, management, and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are offering tips for getting through the holidays while recovering from a head injury.
"The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time of year," says HeadFirst CEO Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D. "The sights and sounds are brighter and louder than usual, and while others are enjoying the festivities, those recovering from brain trauma may find it more difficult to continue healing."
HeadFirst Medical Director Karen Laugel, M.D., FAAP, urges her patients to take it a little easier when recuperating and says, "We certainly don't want people to feel isolated but instead encourage sensible celebrating."
To promote recovery from head injury, Drs. Graw and Laugel suggest these tips:
- Make sure to get enough rest by resisting the desire to attend every event that might be overwhelming or cut into sleep time, which should be seven to nine hours per night.
- Avoid crowded stores when doing shopping and instead try to shop during quieter times or find an isolated place to take a break if necessary.
- Hypersensitivity to noise and light is common during concussion recovery so carry noise-canceling headphones and even sunglasses in case festive music, twinkling lights and loud conversations cause distress.
- Watch consumption of seasonal treats, wine and spirits while recovering from a head injury as sugar can exacerbate symptoms and alcohol can lengthen recovery time and even further damage the brain.
- Wear sturdy shoes with good soles and eliminate the potential for slips and falls on icy paths and parking lots, loose rugs, and underfoot pets. Another concussion while recovering from the first can lead to additional complications such as second-impact syndrome.
- Above all, ask for assistance when needed since anxiety, stress and other emotional issues can worsen symptoms. Enlist help from a trusted family member or friend with hosting a gathering, decorating, shopping or even completing routine chores. (Adapted from the International Concussion Society)
As the renowned concussion program of Maryland-based urgent care company Righttime Medical Care, HeadFirst was founded in 2012 by Dr. Graw, a leader in pediatric medicine who also serves as CEO of Righttime. As medical director for HeadFirst, Dr. Laugel oversees the medical care for the thousands of the head trauma patients who are under the supervision of the program's trained concussion specialists each year.
RIGHTTIME MEDICAL CARE simplifies access to trustworthy medical care for patients of all ages at its 20 urgent care locations in Maryland. Celebrating its 30th year, Righttime holds the Certified Urgent Care designation, which distinguishes it as among the top urgent care centers nationwide. Righttime is open 365 days a year and welcomes walk-in patients, while also offering same-day appointments online or via its Call Center as well as its RighttimeNOW™ telehealth service. Convenient services include x-rays, laboratory testing, patient portal, and electronic health records which are shared with patients' physicians, specialists and collaborating medical institutions. For more information, visit myRighttime.com.
A service of Righttime Medical Care, HEADFIRST SPORTS INJURY AND CONCUSSION CARE is a community concussion clinic for the diagnosis, management and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI). HeadFirst's services at its 13 locations in Maryland include pre-injury neurocognitive baseline testing for individuals and teams, and post-injury medical evaluations for patients of all ages and walks of life, including plans for a safe return to play, school or work. HeadFirst also offers a Sports Injury Hotline for coaches and trainers, and a community concussion awareness speaker's program. For more information, please visit www.myHeadFirst.com.
Contact: Ann-Marie Sedor, [email protected], 443-332-4260 x8130
SOURCE Righttime Medical Care