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Brain trauma treatment strategies

A brain injury is often the result of an accident, such as one involving two motor vehicles. Any type of injury to the brain, no matter what it may be, should be taken seriously. Not only should it be treated immediately, but the appropriate long term care is a must.

There are many types of treatment for brain trauma. The type of treatment a person receives is based on many factors, including the extent of the injury and long term prognosis.

Some of the many strategies include:

-- Acute rehabilitation.

-- Postacute rehabilitation.

-- Subacute rehabilitation.

-- Outpatient therapy.

-- Day treatment at a hospital or other medical facility.

-- Home health services.

-- Independent living program.

Each one of these treatment strategies takes a unique approach. For example, acute rehabilitation begins as early as possible during recovery. Treatment is provided in a trauma hospital or rehab center, at which time the patient attempts to regain control of his or her former life, such as by relearning daily living responsibilities.

Along with the above, medication is often prescribed to a person with brain trauma. Analgesics, for example, are often used for pain management and relief.

Any brain injury is serious and requires the attention of a knowledgeable medical team. Even though the recovery process can be an uphill battle, there are treatment strategies, such as those detailed above, which have been proven successful.

Sometimes, a person is injured due to the negligence of another party. When this happens, the victim may be able to receive compensation for injuries and other damages.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "Treatment" Jan. 08, 2015

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