Even if you don’t work in a physically intensive industry, there’s still a chance you could suffer an on-the-job injury. For example, if you’re an office worker, a slip-and-fall accident could result in a concussion.
If you hit your head at work, stop what you’re doing and ask a co-worker to assist you. In the most serious of situations, don’t hesitate to call 911 for immediate help. Otherwise, ask someone to drive you to a local hospital.
After a concussion diagnosis, discuss the best treatment strategy with your medical team. This typically includes:
- Plenty of rest: This is the best way to give your brain time to recover, without concerns of worsening your injury and related symptoms.
- Avoid physical activity: Hitting your head when recovering from a concussion can result in additional pain and discomfort, as well as longer lasting symptoms.
- Avoid mental stress: For example, you don’t want to spend too much time, if any, staring at a television or computer screen.
- Pain medication: Over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol, can help reduce pain and make it easier to rest. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin, as these medications increase the risk of bleeding on the brain.
Once you understand your injury and how to treat it, talk to your doctor about when it’s okay to return to work. If you’re unable to do so immediately, report back to your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim. You may be in a position to receive compensation as you recover, thus giving you financial peace of mind.