As with most care decisions surrounding a concussion, it depends on a number of factors. The decision about how frequently a healthcare provider assesses a patient after an injury is related to a number of factors including severity of the initial injury, reported symptoms and observed signs, performance in non-cognitive areas (i.e. balance, vision, etc.) and a reported worsening of the patient and clinical history (i.e. prior concussion history, migraines, etc.). Many of those same factors also influence a providers decision for how long after an injury a patient should be assessed. While many patients “recover” within 7-21 days after an injury, many do not. Further, there is no clear-cut rule or indicator as to who will recover and who will not in that time frame.
Updated on 06/20/2018