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Therapy options vary after a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury can lead to significant changes in the way that a victim lives his or her life. Once the initial impacts of the injury are handled by the medical team caring for you, there is a good chance that you will need to undergo therapy.

Some patients who have a TBI go through intensive inpatient rehabilitation. Others go through outpatient programs. In all cases, the exact program that you will work through depends on your unique circumstances.

There are several different types of therapy options that might benefit people who have a TBI. Determining the impacts of the injury and the goals of the program can help determine which types of therapy you will undergo.

Some programs are set with the goal of helping people return to the same life they had prior to the injury. In the case of more serious injuries, the goal might be to help the person to live life to the fullest despite the injury.

Keeping the goal in mind can help you as you go through rigorous cognitive, physical, speech, occupational and vocational rehab that might be necessary. Other programs might also be utilized.

Some patients use alternative therapies like hyperbaric oxygen treatment or mediation to improve the outcome. Ultimately, the therapy treatment plan that you go through should address your needs as an individual instead of trying to shoehorn your care into what worked for someone in a different situation.

The cost of this care might be considerable. If your injury was the result of an accident caused by another person, seeking compensation might be a way that you can minimize the costs that you will incur due to therapy.

Source: Brainline.org, "TBI 101: Rehabilitation," accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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