Headache and Concussion Treatments
Treatment for headaches and concussions depends on the severity as well as your overall health and tolerance for various treatments.
If you suffer from headaches, your physician might suggest:
- Lifestyle changes
- Avoiding migraine triggers
- Stress management
- Oxygen therapy to stop attacks
- Nasal spray
For migraines in particular, your physician might prescribe:
Depending on the type of injury and its severity, treatment for a concussion may include:
- Topical antibiotic ointment and adhesive bandage
- Observation at home
- Immediate medical attention
- Hospitalization for observation
- Diagnostic tests
Because the injury from a concussion can cause the brain to swell, a surgeon may also use an intracranial pressure device (ICP) to monitor the pressure inside the skull.
A concussion may also cause short- or long-term loss of muscle, speech, vision, hearing or taste function, depending on the area of brain damage. In those cases, physical, occupational or speech therapy may be necessary.