patients experience delayed recovery. To treat these cases, it’s important to determine first whether or not the patient is attempting to do too much too soon, thereby generating symptoms
. It’s advisable to remind the patient to cut back on activities now, rather than wait two weeks to see if the symptoms resolve. Treating issues up front can prevent complications from developing.
Some symptoms show up after the initial cluster of symptoms. For example, a patient may become more anxious and / or more depressed, and this becomes a problem for treatment. Or, under high-demand activities, symptoms may emerge that before were absent or seemingly resolved. For example, your patient injured in July may think she is fine, but when she returns to class at the end of the summer, she finds she can’t concentrate.