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When will I feel better?

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Recovery is different for everyone. Most people feel much better within 2 to 4 weeks. But, each concussion is different, so try not to compare yourself to others. It is not uncommon for some symptoms to last for a few months. Focus on how you can improve your symptoms.

Your recovery may be slower if:

  • This isn’t your first concussion in the last 12 months.
  • You have a lot of pain.
  • You’re depressed or have anxiety.
  • You’re age 40 or older.

Recovery may depend on how bad your injury was. To find out, your doctor will ask you 2 things:

Were you knocked out (unconscious)? If you were knocked out for less than 30 minutes, or not knocked out at all, your injury was mild. You will likely make a full recovery.

Do you remember what happened when you were injured? Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) is when you can’t remember what happened around the time of an injury. If your memory loss lasted less than 1 hour, your injury was mild. You will likely make a full recovery.​