For patients who have sustained a concussion, an important part of their treatment plan is often getting back to work. Their return to this routine helps patients “retrain” their vestibular systems, which helps restore cognitive abilities.

Four ways that getting back to work is a crucial component of a structured concussion treatment plan:

  1. Exposure to noises
  2. Exposure to crowds
  3. Exposure to light
  4. Taking breaks

While the concept of returning to work can sometimes be overwhelming for concussion patients, it is a key aspect of recovery.

Daniel Charek, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, says, “When cleared and asked what was most helpful in getting them healthy, patients often say getting back to work was a crucial component of their structured treatment plan.”

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Sports bring with them a potential for injury. And if you are looking to prevent, treat, or rehabilitate a sports injury, UPMC Sports Medicine can help. We serve athletes from a wide variety of sports across every demographic: young or old, male or female, pro or amateur. We partner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pitt Panthers, and over 60 high school, college, and regional teams and events. We’re working to build better athletes. We use cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques to help you recover and provide education on how to prevent injuries.