Researchers: Too Much Rest May be a Bad Thing in the Wake of a Concussion

Reuters Health has reported the findings of a study that show that too much rest after a concussion may inhibit recovery from the concussion.

The news service quoted Dr. Danny G. Thomas, of the department of pediatrics, emergency medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, who said: “Contrary to expectations, strict rest for five days immediately after concussion did not help teenagers get better compared to our current advice of one to two days of rest followed by a gradual return to activity.

“We found that teenagers instructed to rest for five days actually reported more symptoms over the course of the study.

“We should be cautious when imposing excessive restrictions of activity following concussion and mindful that the discharge instructions we provide patients may influence their perception of illness.”

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