Yes. Depending on the severity of the brain injury and damage suffered, you can heal a damaged brain with targeted treatment, surgery, medications, rehabilitation, and self-care.
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Mild Brain Damage
If you have suffered a minor brain injury, usually your brain will heal on its own with rest and over-the-counter pain medications. These patients should get plenty of sleep, rest during the day, and slowly increase their activity. They should avoid any use of alcohol, drugs, or caffeine. Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water will also help restore their health. Driving a car, riding a bike, or operating machinery should only be done with a doctor’s approval. Unfortunately, those patients with mild brain damage should also refrain from thinking or concentrating heavily, like playing video games or doing their finances. This can be frustrating, but remind the patient that healing takes time, and brain damage can take months or years to resolve.
For those people that suffer from more severe brain damage, medication may limit secondary damage to the brain immediately after a brain injury. Some of the medications that may help heal a damaged brain may include diuretics which reduce the amount of fluid in the brain and pressure inside the brain. Coma-inducing drugs will allow a brain to heal faster because a comatose brain needs less oxygen to function.
Again, in cases of severe brain damage, surgery may be necessary. Surgery may correct or address the following problems after a brain injury:
- Removal of hematomas (clotted blood).
- Repair of skull fractures.
- Stopping any bleeding in the brain.
- Creating an opening window in the skull to relieve pressure.
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Almost everyone who has more than a mild case of brain damage will need some sort of rehabilitation to heal a damaged brain. Therapy may begin in the hospital and then continue in either an inpatient rehabilitation unit or a residential treatment facility or in an outpatient facility. Some rehabilitation specialists may include the following:
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Speech and language pathologist
- Social work or case manager
- Rehabilitation nurse
- Traumatic brain injury nurse specialist
- Recreational therapist
- Vocational counselor
All these rehabilitation specialists can work together to coordinate a plan of care and heal a brain injury over time and help provide opportunities to those who have suffered from brain damage.
Brains Can Be Healed
Brains are very flexible and adaptable and remain so from childhood through adulthood. Research is proving more and more promising ways to rewire our brains to heal even after severe brain trauma and damage. Those with brain injuries relearn skills such as walking, talking, and thinking processes by strengthening white matter connections in the brain.
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If you were involved in an accident due to someone else’s negligence and suffered a brain injury, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. We can help you determine whether you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.