When people hear “brain injury, ” they often assume it is some sort of traumatic injury, or “TBI,” like the kind popularized on television about football. However, the majority of brain injuries are not traumatic, but they are no less dangerous or important to treat. Brain injuries can be divided into two basic categories: mild and severe. Mild injuries are those that most people would shrug off, like a mild concussion or bump. A severe injury is the kind most typically associated with TBI.
Unfortunately, medical science is still at odds over how to treat or even diagnose brain injuries. However, doctors do agree on some general tips on how to help someone who has suffered a brain injury.
For mild brain injuries, the treatment mostly focuses on the symptoms. Rest, pain relievers and water are the suggested treatments for mild concussions. Unfortunately, unless someone can feel or see the immediate harm to their bodies, they may be unlikely to follow these recommendations. This is why brain injuries that do not seem serious at the time of the accident may increase in severity in the days and weeks following. Victims who take their treatment too lightly often overstress their brains resulting in more severe injuries.
For severe brain injuries, unlike mild, the focus is very serious. Depending upon the severity, doctors will focus on stabilizing the body, protecting the brain from further harm and preventing accidental infections. Generally, these are the hallmarks of any emergency-room type approach to a serious injury. However, the difference is that these doctors are often unable to assess the damage until after the victim regains consciousness. Once the extent of the damage is known, the victim will be transferred to a long-term rehabilitation facility to recover.
Regardless of the extent of your injury, it is recommended that you take proper care of yourself. Many brain injuries happen after the person believed they were better. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, then you might want to speak with a lawyer to review your rights and plan for the future. Listen to the advice of your doctor and take it easy until you are cleared for normal activity. You do not want to become a statistic in a study.