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What’s the best way to treat a traumatic brain injury?

If you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, such as in a motor vehicle or pedestrian accident, immediate medical treatment is critical. The sooner you receive treatment, the greater chance there is of minimizing damage and making a full recovery.

There is no easy answer as to what's the best treatment of a traumatic brain injury. This depends on a variety of factors, including the type of injury, severity and other health concerns.

Here are some of the many treatment options your medical team is sure to consider:

  • Immediate emergency care: This is a must after any traumatic brain injury, as it entails a variety of medical professionals working to stabilize your condition and diagnose your injury.
  • Medication: A variety of medications are often prescribed after a traumatic brain injury, such as anti-seizure drugs and diuretics. For example, anti-seizure drugs are typically used for the first week after an injury to prevent a seizure.
  • Surgery: It's not always required, but there are times when surgery is the best way to treat a traumatic brain injury. Some of the reasons for surgery include: to remove a blood clot, to relieve pressure and to repair a skull fracture.
  • Rehabilitation: Most people who suffer a traumatic brain injury will eventually require rehabilitation. When this begins depends on the severity of the injury and the type of rehab you can partake in. There are many types of rehabilitation specialists who can help, including but not limited to a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist, traumatic brain injury nurse specialist and vocational counselor.

Is a full recovery possible?

Not even the most experienced doctors know exactly how a person will respond after a traumatic brain injury. There are people who make a full recovery, people who struggle with some symptoms the rest of their lives and people who require assistance with their daily living.

The best thing you can do is rely on the guidance of your medical team. This ensures that you are in good hands at all times, and taking small steps toward making a recovery.

As your situation allows, you'll want to learn more about the cause of the accident that resulted in your traumatic brain injury. This will help you determine the best way to seek compensation from the at-fault party.

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