Brain injuries are an unfortunate side effect that may occur as the result of a car accident. They are particularly likely to occur following a blow to the head or when experiencing a piercing head injury. Referred to as a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, these injuries can range from being mild to severe. In the case of a mild TBI, such as a concussion, the damage will likely heal on its own after just a few weeks of rest. With a more severe TBI, however, critical functions such as speech, concentration, vision, memory and emotional control may be permanently altered.
If you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, the first step is treatment is ensure you have been properly stabilized. Next, you will begin participating in rehab in order to help restore your ability to function and complete daily activities. Depending upon the extent of the car accident injuries, surgery may also be necessary in order to prevent a secondary injury caused by swelling and pressure. This typically involves completing procedures to help maintain blood flow and oxygen.
When determining the proper rehabilitation plan, it is important to consider the functions that have been loss. Since many patients are unaware of how their injuries affected them or may have difficulty understanding what happened, education and counseling is also a necessary part of the process. It is also important to talk to family members to ensure the proper care and environment are in place for the patient upon returning home.
To learn more about TBI and treatment options available, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today.