The road to a complete recovery after a traumatic brain injury can be a long one, and typically involves a long process of rehabilitation.
A traumatic brain injury occurs when there has been a serious blow or jolt to the head. This blow can cause serious damage to the brain, leading to symptoms, like loss of consciousness, confusion or disorientation. Even after the person has recovered from the initial symptoms, there may be symptoms of more long term damage to follow. Memory loss, loss of cognitive ability, and loss of concentration can affect a person’s ability to lead a normal life after a brain injury.
All these effects could mean that the person is not able to lead the kind of life that he did before the injury. He may not be able to perform any of the tasks that he could before the injury. He may no longer be able to feed himself or dress himself or bathe independently without external help. Movement may be impaired.
Rehabilitation can help the person overcome these effects of a brain injury, and can help give him the tools needed to live a life that, in some ways, resembles the life he had before the injury.
Typically, persons with a brain injury may be placed in a rehab program in order to relearn many of the the tasks that they now seem unable to perform without help. A brain injury rehabilitation program is suited for patients who have suffered less severe injuries or have already begun to show slight signs of improvement in their condition.
This rehabilitation can happen in a large hospital’s rehab wing or an independent rehabilitation center. Patients with moderate injuries as well as those who have suffered serious inquiries but have begun to show signs of improvement are ideally suited for rehab programs. These programs focus on repetition and other therapies to help the person relearn some of the tasks that he was able to perform earlier in a manner that closely reflects the maximum possible improvement expected for his injury.