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New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms

New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms

For teenagers with lingering symptoms after a concussion, treatment that focuses on the "whole person" may speed their recovery, a new, small study suggests. The researchers tested the effects of so-called “collaborative care” and after six months, those kids showed a speedier recovery than teenagers who'd received more typical care. "Typical" can vary, because there are no guidelines on how to treat lingering concussion symptoms, explained study author, Dr. Carolyn McCarty, a researcher at Seattle Children's Hospital. She said the findings show the value of actively treating the fallout of a concussion, including mental and emotional symptoms.

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