While mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions, may heal with time and rest, moderate to severe TBIs are not so simple to treat. Depending on how a person was injured and what part of the brain was impacted, certain effects can include:
- Cognitive deficits
- Physical impairments
- Behavioral changes
- Trouble socializing
- The onset of certain mental illnesses
Oftentimes, treatment begins while the person is in the hospital and continues in the form of outpatient services once he or she is discharged. Below, we discuss the various types of rehabilitation and therapy that are often used to help brain injury victims alleviate their symptoms and make their lives as normal as possible.
Motor deficits or physical disabilities are a common result of moderate to severe TBI. Physical therapy helps these individuals regain control of their motor functions (to the fullest possible extent) while improving strength, flexibility, and coordination. This typically involves the use of therapeutic exercises and other physical activities.
Brain injuries can impact one’s day-to-day activities, and even simple tasks may have to be relearned. Occupational therapy helps patients first identify what areas of their lives need improvement and helps them learn how to overcome these obstacles and achieve the greatest possible level of independence. This may involve relearning how to cook, clean, or get dressed.
Cognitive deficits present some of the greatest challenges when it comes to returning to “normal” life. Cognitive therapy helps TBI patients promote self-awareness and develop personal goals with the intention of improving an individual’s memory, attention, judgment, and learning skills.
Speech and Language Therapy
A crucial part of treatment for many TBI patients, speech and language therapy helps individuals improve their general communication by forming words, speaking aloud, building language memory. It may also be used to help relearn facial expressions as well as chewing and swallowing techniques.
Get the Help You Need After a TBI
As you may already know, medical costs can add up quickly. Ultimately, getting the proper treatment you need for a TBI may come down to pursuing a personal injury case against any negligent parties who caused your accident. As a client working with Klein Frank, you are our first priority. We will walk you through the claims process from start to finish to ensure you receive what you need to recover.
Contact our firm at (303) 448-8884 to schedule your free, personalized case review. You can also fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible!