Traumatic brain injury as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” Symptoms that present with TBIs can range in severity and duration. The treatment process will be directly informed by an individual’s circumstances and the severity of his or her TBI. Hence, in order to obtain the most effective treatment, it is essential for an individual to be thoroughly evaluated and for his or her TBI to be properly classified as mild or moderate to severe in nature. There are several different rehabilitation options available for an individual that has endured a TBI.
Types of Rehabilitation
The Brain Injury Association of America explains that “rehabilitation channels the body’s natural healing abilities and the brain’s relearning processes so an individual may recover as quickly and efficiently as possible, and involves learning new ways to compensate for abilities that have permanently changed due to brain injury.” TBI rehabilitation can occur in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
- Inpatient Rehab: requires participants to reside at the rehabilitation facility for the duration the program.
- Acute rehabilitation: as early as possible after sustaining a TBI, an individual in an acute rehabilitation program will work to regain as many daily living activities as possible (e.g. eating, dressing, walking, speaking, using the bathroom, etc.).
- Post-acute rehabilitation: transitional rehabilitation facility that provides more intensive therapies with the primary goal of helping the individual to become as independent as possible.
- Sub-acute rehabilitation: intended as a longer-term residential facility to accommodate sub-acute rehabilitation is designed for individuals that require less intensive therapies over a longer period of time.
- Outpatient Rehab: allow individuals to reside at home while participating in the rehabilitation program.
- Day treatment: provides individuals with daily structured rehabilitation in group settings.
- Outpatient therapy: there are a variety of therapies that can be carried out in an outpatient setting (e.g. speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.) that can help an individual continue to heal and recover from a TBI.
An individual’s ability to participate in a rehabilitation program will play a large role in the type of rehabilitation recommended.
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