Recovery from a cerebral contusion (a bruise on the brain), like other head injuries, can be slow. Individuals are often admitted to the hospital, and sometimes into intensive care, so medical personnel can monitor them for oxygen levels, blood pressure, seizures, fever, and other complications. In some cases, individuals with cerebral contusions may be sedated and placed on mechanical ventilation. After release from the hospital, good nutrition and plenty of rest are important. Dizziness, loss of memory, a severe headache, or an increase in symptoms should be reported to the doctor.