Medical Therapies for Concussion

Jacob C. Jones, Michael J. O'Brien

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The medications used in postconcussion syndrome are typically used to help manage or minimize disruptive symptoms while recovery proceeds. These medications are not routinely used in most concussions that recover within days to weeks. However, it is beneficial to be aware of medication options that may be used in athletes with prolonged concussion symptoms or for those that have symptom burdens that preclude entry into basic concussion protocols. Medications and supplements remain a small part of the concussion treatment plan, which may include temporary academic adjustments, physical therapy, vestibular and ocular therapy, psychological support, and graded noncontact exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalClinics in Sports Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Concussion
  • Medication
  • Postconcussion syndrome
  • Postconcussive headache
  • Sports
  • Supplements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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