A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave a person with temporary or permanent life-altering side effects. The most important thing a person can do after sustaining a TBI is give themselves time to properly recover.
Tips for Healing After a TBI
Seeking medical attention immediately after the accident can help minimize the damage done to the brain as well as help to jump-start the healing process. After receiving medical attention, consider these tips to help heal your TBI:
- Get plenty of sleep at night and make sure to rest during the day.
- Slowly increase your level of activity over time.
- If you are having difficulties with memory, try writing things down.
- Avoid alcohol, drugs, and caffeine.
- Eat brain-healthy foods such as fish, dark chocolate, berries, nuts, and avocados.
- Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Avoid physically demanding activities.
- Avoid mentally demanding activities.
- Avoid spending too much time looking at screens.
- Stay in touch with your doctor and tell them about any new or worsening side effects.
Rehabilitation Therapies for Lasting Side Effects
After a TBI, many people experience physical, cognitive, sensational, communicative, and emotional difficulties. There are several types of rehabilitation therapies that can help people regain these skills.
Physical therapy helps people to regain strength, balance, flexibility, and stamina.
Occupational therapy is used to reteach people how to perform daily tasks such as getting dressed.
Speech therapy helps people improve communication skills in various ways, whether it be focused on word form or the use of special communication devices.
Psychological counseling can help people learn coping skills and nurture interpersonal relationships post-injury.
Vocational counseling aids those reentering the workforce by finding opportunities and solutions for workplace challenges.
Cognitive therapy helps to improve memory, attention, perception, learning, planning, and judgment.
The recovery process after sustaining a TBI can be daunting and have long-term effects. If you or someone you loved experienced a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, reach out to the team at Rob Levine & Associates. We can help ensure you get the justice you deserve.