Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are literal life-changers, and the impact they have on not only the victims, but their family and friends, cannot possibly be overstated. Anyone can be walking across the street, driving to the grocery store, or taking a leisurely bike ride one minute–the next thing they know, their lives have been shattered.
In many cases, TBIs require long-term therapy and rehab in the hopes of returning to everyday life. TBI patients and families can also face devastating financial implications due to long-term medical costs and care.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a traumatic brain injury is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Any of these actions can lead to varies implications, including:
- Loss of or decreased consciousness
- Loss of memory for events before or after the event (amnesia)
- Focal neurological deficits such as muscle weakness, loss of vision, change in speech
- Alteration in mental state such as disorientation, slow thinking, or difficulty concentrating
There are also different TBIs levels–mild, moderate, and severe–depending on the damage inflicted upon the brain. Mild cases generally have reasonable recovery rates, while severe cases can often lead to permanent disabilities, comas, or even death.
There Is Hope for TBI Patients
While TBIs can be debilitating and challenging for everyone involved, some therapies and programs can help those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. One example is cognitive training, which involves educational programs about how the brain works and brain-training programs designed to teach participants how to block out irrelevant details, break down and summarize information, and think more creatively.
These programs significantly improved memory test scores and some comprehension scores while reducing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, both of which frequently occur with TBI patients.
Yoga is another way to help slow and calm the mind, and it’s been shown to have positive effects on TBI patients. Yoga for TBI patients is modified somewhat to prevent dizziness or other symptoms to which patients might be more vulnerable. Rather than focusing on traditionally complicated yoga positions, these programs involve light stretching and slow and repetitive pacing that can help with fatigue, concentration, memory, and attention problems. Plus, TBI-friendly yoga helps reinforce positive messaging, which can help patients overcome the anger and frustration they may feel toward their own bodies because they’re not functioning at 100% capacity.
Another type of treatment that’s believed to help TBI patients reduce depression and anxiety, relieve social isolation, and improve life quality is recreational therapy. Medical approval is critical, but these are fun activities that can help cognitive skills and improve physical conditioning in some cases. Some types of recreational treatment include:
- Taking music lessons/playing an instrument
- Adaptive sports
These activities stimulate the brain, promote healing, activate specific parts of the brain, and improve memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills.
In addition to self-care and medical treatment, you also must focus on the legalities surrounding your TBI. If someone else caused your accident, we may be able to help. Getting a well-qualified, experienced Brain Injury Lawyer can mean the difference between you baring the brunt of all your medical bills, or someone else (and/or their insurance company), taking rightfully managing that responsibility.
Help After a Traumatic Brain Injury
Getting quality care for a TBI patient is the top priority. But it’s also imperative that you find an attorney who has plenty of experience dealing with traumatic brain injury cases. You’ll find that experience at The Lapidus Law Firm. With our representation, you can rest assured that we will fight on your behalf to get the fair and reasonable settlement you deserve. Call us today at (202) 785-5111 or (301) 852-7500 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation today.