Concussions can have a variety of physical effects that can make activities of daily living (ADLs) more challenging. This section explores the most common physical effects experienced after a concussion and coping strategies that can make ADLs more manageable.
Headaches are common after concussion, and can be incredibly painful and debilitating. They can impact recovery and daily living, especially if they aren't treated.
If you feel tired a lot of the time, you may be experiencing fatigue. This is common after a concussion. You can feel both mentally and physically tired, and it will affect your daily activities and mood.
Balance is the ability to keep yourself centered as you walk, sit, and engage in other movements. It allows you to control and adjust your body before, during and after movement to keep from falling.
Pain is a complex issue, particularly when it’s long-term. Chronic pain can make symptoms of brain injury worse and prevent you from engaging in activities of daily living (ADLs).