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What to expect from rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2022 | Brain Injuries |

Michigan residents can find their lives changed if they are left with traumatic brain injuries. Rehabilitation is a huge part of recovery after sustaining a TBI.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury or TBI occurs when a person has suffered a sharp blow to the head. There are two types of these injuries: closed and open. A closed TBI involves a jolt to the head while an open TBI results when something penetrates the skull and makes contact with the brain.

Traumatic brain injuries can dramatically change a person’s life. In more severe cases, the victim might have to seek extensive rehabilitation for cognitive problems and to help them relearn how to walk and talk.

What does rehabilitation for TBI include?

When a person requires rehabilitation for a TBI, it addresses several issues. The person might be dealing with cognitive issues such as speaking, concentration, memory and judgment.

TBIs can impact a person’s ability to perform certain physical tasks like normal movement, coordination, balance and even swallowing. Rehab can address those issues and get the individual up and moving again to regain their strength and coordination.

A TBI commonly affects a person’s moods and emotions. Rehab can help them to balance out those emotions by addressing feelings such as irritability and impulsiveness.

There are different types of therapy that can help individuals struggling with traumatic brain injuries. People who have severe TBIs may require extensive therapy for a few hours per day throughout the week. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy may be needed and is helpful. Some people might receive psychiatric care and medication as well.

Rehab can be done in an inpatient or outpatient hospital setting, day programs, independent living centers or even at home.

If you suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important to hold that person accountable.


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