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How is a traumatic brain injury treated?

Nobody wants to suffer a traumatic brain injury, as this can change your life in many ways. However, if you do find yourself in this position, it's good to know that there is more than one type of treatment option.

The type of care you receive is based largely on the injury. For example, there is a big difference between a concussion and a traumatic brain injury that puts you in a coma for an extended period of time.

Regardless of what type of traumatic brain injury you suffer, immediate emergency care is a must. This can be the difference between a minor and major injury, so it's essential to get the right help without delay.

From there, many treatment options exist. For example, with more serious injuries, such as those that include bleeding on the brain, surgery may be necessary. There are also many medications that can be prescribed to help limit secondary damage, including but not limited to anti-seizure drugs, diuretics and coma inducing drugs. Last, but certainly not least, there are many types of rehabilitation specialists that can help you reclaim control of your life. These people include but are not limited to occupational therapists, physiatrists, physical therapists and speech therapists.

The most important thing to remember about a traumatic brain injury is that no two people respond in the same way. This is why you should receive immediate treatment from a qualified medical team, and then follow their advice in the days, weeks and months to come.

Along with a focus on your health, there could come a point when you learn more about your legal rights related to the accident that caused your injury.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Treatments and drugs," accessed Jan. 24, 2017

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