Traumatic Brain Injury Treatments

Written by Sierra Rein
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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) cannot be "healed" in the true sense of the word. Brain damage is almost never completely reversed, even in mild cases. However, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be treated and rehabilitated, even when they are extreme in nature.

The most common forms of traumatic brain injury treatments include drug therapy, physical exercise, counseling, and cognitive therapy to strengthen memory, verbal skills, perception, focus and organizational skills. In cases of high trauma, hospitalization may take place for a number of months to years; mild to medium cases typically require home therapy and weekly visits to a local support group. It is incredibly important for anyone who experiences symptoms of a brain injury (especially after a fall or accident) to contact a doctor to discuss the possibility of diagnosing the problem and finding a rehabilitation plan.

Most employers will not accept the return of employees with traumatic brain injuries without written consent from a rehabilitation clinic. This is to ensure that their companies will not be held liable for further injuries or work-related accidents due to poor concentration, focus, and confusion (symptoms common to TBI sufferers). However, those employees who go into a treatment program are 80 percent more likely to return to work, especially if the treatment starts immediately after the injury occurs.

Traumatic Brain Injury Treatments for the Young

Children and teenagers with TBIs must be handled differently than adults. After all, youngsters are just learning how to socialize with other people and are usually in the middle of the educational process. It is also much harder to explain to children why they are experiencing the pain, confusion, frustration, and physical disabilities so common to TBI survivors. Treatments for children include a slow process of re-socialization amongst their peers and a detailed, unique educational plan to reassociate them with common verbal and cognitive skills.

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