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What Is the Rehabilitative Process Like After Suffering from a Brain Injury?

Published on Nov 27, 2019 at 3:26 pm in Brain Injury.

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After a traumatic brain injury, you’ll want to rehabilitate as fully as possible. Your brain is your most precious organ, so it’s important to follow any treatment plan strictly. That way, you can get back to your life from before the injury. But first, you’ll need to know what to expect during your recovery from your brain injury.

What to Expect During Recovery

When it comes to brain injuries, you have to keep in mind that the healing process can be lengthy. The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) says that the most improvement typically happens within the first six months after a TBI, but recovery is different for everyone, and usually takes years, if it ever truly ends.

Swelling is a typical reaction after a brain injury, and it could cause you some confusion, as well as trouble focusing or memory problems. Don’t be alarmed, these symptoms are all normal! It’s also normal for there to be good days and bad days in recovery, so don’t get discouraged if there are ups and downs.

You might have some other complications during recovery, like trouble with bladder control, slow speech, trouble swallowing, reduced coordination, or a hard time dealing with emotions, as reported by Johns Hopkins Medicine. These symptoms might feel like you’re making progress one day, then like you’re back at the beginning the next, but don’t lose your drive to heal. Your doctors will know how to adjust your care plan to help you heal as efficiently as possible.

Recovery Phases

There are multiple phases in brain injury rehabilitation because the brain is complicated and takes a long time to heal. Phases in the recovery process, according to the Brain Injury Association of America, are as listed:

  • Acute. This first step in recovery after a brain injury is relearning the basics of daily living. A patient will be taught these by professionals while in the hospital. Nurses and other staff members will help reteach the patient how to dress themselves, eating, walking, using the bathroom, and other daily tasks. If the brain injury is severe enough, they will also have to reteach the patient how to speak.
  • Post-Acute. Once the patient has healed enough to be out of a traditional hospital setting, and has relearned enough basic skills, they are typically transferred to a transitional or residential rehabilitation facility. These facilities provide intensive therapy to patients for around six hours a day to get them to live as independently as possible after their injury.
  • Sub-Acute. This type of treatment is intended for patients who are not ready for intensive therapy in a rehabilitation facility, and who are still working on regaining daily tasks. These patients might go to a skilled nursing facility or nursing home and will be there for a longer period of time than post-acute patients would be.

While in these different phases, you could have appointments with specialists you might not have expected. You could have physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatric care, speech therapy, and many other types of treatment in your journey of recovery. All of your doctors will work together to make sure that you get back to feeling healthy again.

Get Help from Wishart Brain & Spine Law

If you’ve experienced a brain injury, you have a long road of healing ahead of you. Not only do you have to focus on the physical and emotional aspects of recovery, but you also have to think about financial recovery as well. Brain injuries are serious and can put you deep in medical bills and out of work for a long time, possibly for the rest of your life. Wishart Brain & Spine Law in Vancouver can be your lifeline in this hard time. Our experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer will fight to get you justice. Contact us today so that we can start discussing your claim.

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