During a motor vehicle accident or slip-and-fall, traumatic brain injuries are common. A strong force, particularly when your head strikes an object or suffers a fast, violent back-and-forth motion can cause various types of damage to the brain.
According to MayoClinic, many patients with severe or significant traumatic brain injuries require rehabilitation. Following a TBI, many patients hope to return to work or to their daily lives, but your recovery may require extensive rehabilitation.
How can a TBI change your life?
A TBI can alter how you think, feel, reason, and function in your daily life. In some cases, a traumatic brain injury can cause seizures, chronic headaches and pain that make it impossible to return to work. TBIs can also affect your ability to walk, eat and think or reason like you used to. A TBI can make it difficult to perform work duties and familial obligations.
What types of rehabilitation do TBI victims require?
The type of rehabilitation program that your injury team suggests might depend on the nature of your injury or the side effects of said injury. If your injury affects your ability to speak or process language, you may need to go through a speech and language therapist. In addition, if the injury restricts your ability to perform basic tasks or to return to work, an occupational therapist can help you to relearn to perform everyday tasks.
Rehabilitation physicians can also include:
- Recreational therapists
- Physical therapists
- TBI nurse
In addition to educating you on your limitations and the necessity for rehabilitation, rehabilitation can help your family and loved ones learn what you need and how to care for you.
When it rehabilitation, you may have a case worker or social worker who can help with care decisions and planning.