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What to expect when recovering from a TBI

Medical researchers have learned a lot about treating traumatic brain injuries by studying the case histories of U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The information has been used to improve treatments for civilians who suffer head injuries in car crashes or other accidents in Ohio and nationwide.

Traumatic brain injuries happen when someone experiences a blow to the head or body, causing the brain to move around within the skull. These injuries are categorized as mild, moderate or severe. For most of those who suffer a mild TBI, known as a concussion, hospitalization and medications will not be necessary. Instead, doctors will evaluate them and send them home to rest. Most than four out of five victims fully recover within seven to 10 days.

For moderate to severe TBIs, patients are normally admitted to the intensive care unit and then sent for inpatient rehab, which could include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These therapies may continue on an outpatient basis after the patient is released. It is possible for someone to fully recover from moderate and severe brain injuries, but it will take much more time. In some cases, a person may be left with a permanent disability. Factors that may impact a patient's recovery include the severity of the injury, age, the area of the brain injured and any other injuries suffered in the accident.

A serious head injury may require weeks, months or even years of expensive medical care and rehabilitation. Although they are frequently associated with contact sports or combat, many are caused by sudden blows received in a car collision. TBI victims who incurred their injuries as a result of another driver's negligence may want to have the help of a lawyer in seeking damages from the at-fault party.

Source: Task and Purpose, "What You Need To Know About TBI Treatment," James Clark, Feb. 10, 2016

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