Head Injury Aftercare

Authored by Dr Gurvinder Rull, 09 Jul 2017

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Reviewed by:
Dr Adrian Bonsall, 09 Jul 2017

You may also need to review why the head injury occurred in the first place - for example, badly fitting shoes or loose carpet.

Other head injury information which may be provided to you

  • Details of the injury and how severe it is.
  • The need for a responsible adult to be with you for the initial 24 hours after their injury.
  • How quickly you can expect to recover and what this is likely to involve. This will include when you can return to work or school. Some patients may develop complications later.
  • Contact details of where to get further help if any complications occur.
  • Available support organisations.

Some tips and other general advice following head injury

  • Show a relative or friend this advice leaflet so they too know what symptoms to look out for.
  • Stay within easy reach of a telephone and medical help for the following few days.
  • Do not take any alcohol or drugs for the following few days.
  • Do not take sleeping tablets or sedatives unless prescribed by a doctor.
  • You should use simple analgesia if needed.
  • Discuss with your doctor about playing contact sports such as rugby or football. It is often advised that you should not play contact sports for three weeks following a head injury.
  • Do not drive, do not ride a motorbike or bicycle and do not operate machinery until you feel completely recovered.

Further reading and references

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