It is best to begin treatment early when cognitive and communication problems arise from a TBI to prevent further damage from occurring. Traumatic brain injury treatment will usually begin immediately upon entering the hospital if the brain injury individual was taken to a facility. Therapists will work with the TBI individual to help them focus on improving their orientation to the surrounding situation and to stimulate speech and understanding.
Oral motor exercises are used when speech and swallowing problems have resulted from the traumatic brain injury. Depending on how severe and what areas of the brain were affected by the traumatic brain injury, long-term rehab may be necessary. There is specific rehab for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, including speech language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and neuropsychologists.
Rehab will help a TBI patient regain the highest level of independent functioning that they can. The potential for the traumatic brain injury patient to restore the level of functioning prior to the accident will depend on the seriousness of the accident. Traumatic brain injury therapy works on repairing lost skills. Some people lose abilities after a traumatic brain injury and will have to learn to compensate for them. The most difficult part of traumatic brain injury is receiving the proper treatment. If a head injury does not result in a hospitalization and the injury is a closed head injury, failure to diagnose a problem during an office visit may result.
An estimated 5.3 million Americans live with disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While all traumatic brain injuries are tragic, some traumatic brain injuries could have been prevented. Contact one of our brain injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation if you wish to seek compensation for a preventable TBI.