Podcast 814: Post-concussion Treatment - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 814: Post-concussion Treatment

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Recent study looked at the impact of screen time on duration of post-concussive symptoms
  • 125 patients aged 12-25 diagnosed with a concussion were randomized to either abstain from or have unrestricted screen time for 48 hours after injury
  • Patients with unrestricted screen time averaged approximately 5 hours/day of screen time
  • Patients in the no screen time group averaged approximately 1 hour/day of screen time
  • Statistically significant difference in duration of post-concussive symptoms
    • Unrestricted screen time cohort averaged 8 days of post-concussive symptoms
    • No screen time cohort averaged 3.5 days of post-concussive symptoms
  • ED physicians should encourage patients to limit screen time as much as possible in the first 48 hours after a concussion to promote faster recovery from post-concussive symptoms



Macnow T, Curran T, Tolliday C, et al. Effect of Screen Time on Recovery From Concussion: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2021;175(11):1124-1131.


Summarized by Mark O’Brien, MS4 | Edited by John Spartz, MD & Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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