Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
Treatment and rehabilitation for TBI survivors is a long-term process and it usually requires the active participation by numerous medical and related specialists. The development and execution of an effective TBI treatment plan can become exceedingly complicated due to the extensive medical problems frequently associated with serious brain injuries.
The medical issues alone faced by TBI survivors will often require active involvement by neurosurgeons, neurologists, urologists, orthopedists, ENT specialists, ophthalmologists, as well as general internists. Side by side with the medical team, a TBI victim’s cognitive, psychological, behavioral and social condition must also be evaluated and treated. This means that along with the medical staff, an effective course of rehab for a TBI patient will often require participation by physical, occupational and speech therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, as well as educational and vocational counselors.
Proper coordination of treatment among all these specialists is itself an important function. Nowadays, given the tremendous cost that will be associated with such an extensive treatment and rehab effort, it is also customary for third party payers to have representatives participate in some capacity in the treatment team.Depending on the severity of the injury, such a treatment regimen usually starts with hospital-based rehab as the initial phase for TBI survivors. But the course of treatment is usually expected to last over many years and will involve therapies administered in many different settings.