Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can seriously affect a person’s ability to think and act. Symptoms like headaches, memory problems, and irritability are just a few that a person could expect. Unusually severe cases can even suffer from impairment in their speech and cognitive functions. Getting treatment for TBI involves a couple of things:
- Stabilization. When a brain injury happens, the first step is to stabilize a person to reduce the risk of secondary complications. This includes ensuring proper oxygen flow to a person’s brain and body, ensuring optimal blood pressure, and treating any additional injuries that a person may have suffered from what caused the brain injury. After the initial treatment, rehabilitation is then the goal.
- Rehabilitation. Getting back to a normal life can be hard after a brain injury. There are several medical professionals that would be involved in restoring a person’s capacity. First are physical therapists who can help people regain their movement and help address the pain and stiffness of the muscles. Next are the occupational therapists who help people relearn daily tasks. Psychiatrists will be able to judge a person’s mental health. Finally, neuropsychologists can test a person’s abilities and what areas should he focus on developing.