One of the most difficult parts about injury victims who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) is that even when a doctor can diagnose the injury, there’s never a guarantee that the symptoms from the injury will alleviate or how quickly the victim will recover, if at all. Because the brain is the most complex organ in the human body, it comes with a lot of unpredictability. Doctors have studied TBIs inside and out and yet, each person’s brain handles trauma differently and there is still much to learn.
The uniqueness of our brains is both a drawback, when it comes to scientific discovery, and also one of the most amazing things about the human race. Without the extraordinary organ that is the brain, we wouldn’t have emotions, personality, and differences in intelligence. Thankfully, our intelligence has helped some of the world’s leading scientists make strides forward in brain injury research.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can range from mild concussions to much more severe injuries including brain hemorrhage, hematoma, contusion, diffuse axonal injury, skull fracture, and edema. While doctors can gauge recovery times and proper treatment plans based on these specific diagnoses, they’ll have to watch each patient closely to determine how the recovery goes.
Sarah, a Wisconsin resident, found herself with a brain hemorrhage after a severe car accident. She was put in a coma until the bleeding stopped and the doctors were hopeful that her recovery would take only a few months. Unfortunately, she woke up with detrimental side effects and her recovery took over a year. Her brain injury lawyer explained that he’d seen numerous cases like this before. What was expected to heal quickly was much more severe in Sarah’s case.
Symptoms of TBIs
Symptoms of TBIs are what make the recovery process so unique and potentially difficult for each victim. Sometimes, TBI victims can be in a coma for months or even years at a time after a TBI. Occasionally, they can lose their memory, become mentally or physically disabled, develop seizures, suffer from chronic pain, or need permanent in-home care.
Treating Brain Injuries
Treatment will vary widely depending on the specific TBI and the symptoms that the victim is experiencing; however, physical therapy, surgery, medications, bedside aid, and counseling may be needed. Returning to normal life after a TBI can seem impossible. It’s likely that normal will be redefined after the injury. Thankfully, with the advancements in medicine today, patients can get the attention and care they need.