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What are the treatments for traumatic brain injury?

Tennessee residents likely understand the importance of the human brain. Without a properly functioning brain, people have a very hard time living a normal life. The brain is in control of every other organ, as it regulates body temperature and breathing, it also coordinates your ability to move, imagine and reason. With even mild damage, a brain injury can change a person's life.

A traumatic brain injury can occur in a number of situations. These include a car accident, a slip and fall, a truck accident or even playing football. No matter the cause of the accident, correctly treating a brain injury is essential for people as they try to prevent the loss of function or gain back full control over their body.

The course of treatment for a TBI will depend on the severity of the injury. While there is no magic cure or course of treatment, mild injuries will often heal with rest and time. Doctors may suggest that people avoid work or school as they heal and may prescribe over-the-counter medications to handle any pain. In these cases, people will often gradually return to normal life.

However, when a TBI is more severe, more invasive treatments are necessary. In these cases, emergency medical treatment is a must. Doctors will work to make sure that no further damage is done and that a person has adequate blood and oxygen supplies. In these situations, a variety of medical may be used to help additional damage to the brain. These could include medication to induce a coma, reduce the risk of swelling or prevent seizure. Surgery might also be necessary.

Extensive rehabilitation is also often required to treat the damage caused by a TBI. The type of rehabilitation will depend on the exact injury and could include relearning basic skills.

These treatments can be very expensive. When the TBI was caused by the negligence of another, that person could be responsible for the costs. This post cannot provide specific advice, but an attorney can help people understand their right to compensation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury: Treatments and drugs," accessed Nov. 30, 2014

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