What Kinds of Specialists can Help Treat my TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are extremely serious injuries that can leave victims with a variety of cognitive, physical, and emotional problems. Consequently, many individuals who have sustained a TBI see multiple medical professionals during the course of evaluation and treatment. While most people are familiar with their primary care physician (the one they would normally go see for a checkup or because they were having flu symptoms), diagnosing a traumatic brain injury often requires the services of specialist physicians and healthcare providers, including those described below.

Neurologists – Neurologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of nerves and the brain. Generally, neurologists are brought in to evaluate individuals who have sustained a serious head injury and often use tests such as CT scans, MRIs, and EEGs in order to determine the nature and extent of a person's injury.

Psychiatrists – Many people who sustain TBIs develop emotional and behavioral issues that may require treatment by a psychiatrist, who are physicians that specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of mental issues. Psychiatrists are often called in when a TBI patient is having cognitive or emotional issues in the early stages of recovery and are involved in diagnosing and treating depression, which is a common symptom associated with TBI.

Chiropractors – Chiropractors are individuals who practice chiropractic, a form of alternative healthcare treatment that focuses on disorders of a patient's musculoskeletal and nervous system. Many people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury have also sustained significant trauma to their neck, back, or spine that can result in significant pain and stiffness, which many chiropractors treat. In addition, at least one study that indicates that chiropractic treatment is effective in treating vertigo in individuals who have sustained a TBI.

Physical Therapists – Physical therapists are licensed health-care professionals who work with people who are experiencing issues with pain, movement, or both due to an injury, medical condition, or illness. In the context of TBI case, physical therapists often help individuals with issues such as range of motion, balance, the ability to sit up, muscle and joint flexibility, coordination, muscle strength, using medical equipment like a walker or wheelchair, and a return to physical activities.

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Individuals that have sustained traumatic brain injuries in a preventable accident should be certain to fully explore every treatment option available to them. Fortunately for victims injured in preventable accidents, the costs associated with medical treatment can often be recovered, as can other economic and non-economic losses. Most personal injury lawyers offer free inital consultations. Be sure to take advantage of this.

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