New treatment for concussions suggest sleep as the best medicine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/9/10

New treatment for concussions suggest sleep as the best medicine

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – There are many myths surrounding concussions. For example, most people think you need to keep someone awake after a brain injury, but the experts at the Cleveland Clinic say sleep is actually the best medicine.

"The standard of care is what we call cognitive rest so not only do we try to remove them from their sports activity we're trying to remove them from any activity that would challenge their brain both physical and mental," said Dr. Gubanich, with Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Gubanich says helmets are of great value because they protect against skull fractures, but they do not prevent concussion.  He adds that it's up to parents to watch for any signs of abnormal behavior after a bump on the head.  Physical symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, memory loss, and sensitivity to light and noise, along with more subtle signs like attention problems, and an inability to sleep well.  It's important to spot that first concussion and let it heal because a second injury could bring permanent brain damage or even death.

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