Headache and Concussion Treatments

Treatment for headaches and concussions depends on the severity as well as your overall health and tolerance for various treatments.

Headache treatments

If you suffer from headaches, your physician might suggest:

For migraines in particular, your physician might prescribe:

Concussion treatments

Depending on the type of injury and its severity, treatment for a concussion may include:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Topical antibiotic ointment and adhesive bandage
  • Observation at home
  • Immediate medical attention
  • Stitches
  • Hospitalization for observation
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Surgery

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.