Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
As defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a traumatic brain injury happens when there is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury. Sustaining a TBI can leave a victim with many debilitating symptoms for as little as a few days to a lifetime of neurological and other complications.
Whether a TBI is considered mild, moderate, or severe, here are some things someone who has sustained a TBI may experience during treatment.
Common Treatments for TBIs
There are a few ways that treatment for a TBI can help victims to recover.
Mild TBI Treatments - A mild TBI, sometimes referred to as a concussion, may only require rest. If you have been diagnosed with a concussion, it’s crucial to follow care directions as advised by your doctor. Your doctor may advise you to refrain from any activities that could put strain and exert the brain, such as working on a computer or maintaining intense concentration.
Severe TBI Treatments - Severe TBIs need attention quickly to increase the chances of survival by making sure the victim gets enough oxygen to the brain as well as keeping blood pressure stable. Surgery may be required for a severe TBI to prevent further damage to the brain tissues and may include:
Removing blood clots
Mend skull fractures
Relieve pressure in the skull
Medications for TBIs
After sustaining a TBI, certain medications may be necessary to help with symptoms as well as to lower the risks of other associated complications. Types of medication may include:
Anti-anxiety medications - relieve feelings of nervousness.
Anticoagulants - reduce the chances of blood clots.
Anticonvulsants - reduce the occurrence of seizures.
Antidepressants - help treat symptoms of depression.
Muscle relaxants - reduce the occurrence of muscle spasms.
Stimulants - can help with increasing alertness and attention.
The following therapies may be required for rehabilitation:
Contact a St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney
Although not every head injury results in a TBI, it’s crucial for everyone who has sustained one to seek medical attention and to receive the appropriate treatments and therapies. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to another’s negligence,Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth is here to help.
Contact us today at (800) 391-4318 to speak with our team.