When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, there is definite concern regarding his or her long term health. Since each person is different, there is no way of knowing what the impact will be over the long run.
From day one, it is important for the patient and one’s medical team to be on the same page with regard to a recovery strategy. There is one goal in mind: for the person to regain all or some of one’s former abilities.
There are many details that factor into this, including but not limited to: the nature of the accident and injury, the support received, access to the right treatment, quality of treatment, and family support.
In a perfect world, the patient would experience a routine recovery. Unfortunately, this very rarely happens. Just when everybody thinks the process is moving forward as planned, something will change. Sometimes, for example, the prognosis is bad but the patient turns things around in no time at all.
In an overall sense, long term stability should be the primary goal of anybody suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Begin able to regain some level of social and personal independence is a big deal.
The primary concern with a traumatic brain injury is that no two people are exactly the same. This means that the strategy one patient use may not work for the next person in a similar position. If a loved one suffers this type of injury, you should take the time to fully understand what happened, what the future holds, and how to deal with everything that comes up, both from a medical and financial perspective.
Source: Neuro International, “TBI Recovery Strategies,” accessed Feb. 10, 2016