Getting Back to Normal

When can normal activity resume?

This will depend on the seriousness of the injury. Be sure to wait until all symptoms are gone. After a mild concussion, some people can resume normal activity almost immediately. Ask a doctor how long to wait after symptoms are gone.


Physical Impairments

  • Physical Impairments
  • Speech, vision and other sensory impairments
  • Headaches
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Paralysis
  • Seizure disorders
  • Sleep problems
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorder)
  • Dysarthgia (a disorder of articulation and muscular/motor control of speech)
  • Cognitive Impairments

Short and long term memory impairments

  • Slowness of thinking
  • Problems with reading and writing skills
  • Difficulty maintaining attention and concentration
  • Impairments of perception, communication, reasoning, problem solving, planning, sequencing and judgment

Behavioral Impairments

  • Mood swings
  • Denial
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Lowered self esteem
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Restlessness or impatience
  • Lack of motivation
  • Inability to self monitor, inappropriate social responses
  • Difficulty with emotional control and anger management
  • Inability to cope
  • Excessive laughing or crying
  • Difficulty relating to others
  • Irritability and/or anger
  • Agitation
  • Abrupt and unexpected acts of violence
  • Delusions, paranoia, mania