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Traumatic brain injury treatments: Options exist

There is nothing good about a traumatic brain injury (TBI), but many people don't realize that there are treatment options available to them depending on the nature of their injuries and the resulting disabilities.

Maybe a loved one recently suffered their traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident. In this case, you'll want to learn as much as possible about the treatments from the doctor in charge of providing their post-accident care.

Some of the most common options for care include:

  • Emergency care. If you have any reason to believe a person injured in an accident may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it's a must that he or she receives immediate medical care. This can prevent the initial injury from worsening.
  • Medication. There is no medication that directly treats or cures traumatic brain injuries, but there are many that can alleviate symptoms. For example, a coma-inducing drug can put a person into a temporary coma to give the brain the time it needs to heal and recover.
  • Surgery. It's not always required after a traumatic brain injury, but surgery could become necessary. Surgery can to repair skull fractures, open a section of the skull to relieve pressure, treat bleeding in the brain and remove blood clots.
  • Therapy. Most accident victims who suffer TBIs require extensive, ongoing therapies - physical, occupational and speech. This is necessary for them to make the most of their recoveries.

Most people who suffer traumatic brain injuries need costly treatment and rehabilitation. Even those with excellent insurance policies may soon find themselves mired in debt from copays and out-of-pocket expenses.

Fortunately, there are many types of medical professionals who can help with the rehab process, all of which are dedicated to assisting the patient in making small and steady strides.

There is a lot to learn about traumatic brain injuries, but the one thing you should always remember is that immediate treatment can be key to making a long-term recovery.

Once you are on the road to recovery, you'll want to learn more about the cause of the accident that led to the injury. This will give you a clearer view of the steps you can take to protecting your loved one's rights.

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