Treatment initially for Traumatic brain injury varies on the severity of the injury. Typically brain injuries are diagnosed by CT Scans and MRI Scans. Most mild brain injuries can rest at home while monitoring symptoms under their doctors orders. Other brain injuries will require hospitalization or surgical interventions. Once the individual is stable being moved to start inpatient therapy is common. During this time visitors will be limited as well as hours. Families can expect to be asked to keep stimulation levels (noise) at a minimum.
After the initial stages of hospitalization and inpatient therapies, the individual may be released per their doctor to go home to continue therapy on an outpatient basis setting. Because brain injuries are unique to the individual and complex in nature, treatment may vary greatly from one individual to the next. Your doctor will recommend the best course of treatment based on the severity of the brain injury. It is important to note that once injured, a brain injury is for life. The brain cannot heal like a broken bone. An individual can look fine on the outside and have ramifications from brain injury that is internal while other individuals deficits are obvious. It is strongly recommended that friends and family search for information on learning about brain injury so they can best help their loved one. Once again, treatment will depend on severity of brain injury. There may be therapies not listed that your doctor may recommend trying.
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