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Understanding Brain Injury- For Adults

Brain injury can happen to adults of any age but older people are at greater risk.   Concussions, seizures, traumatic brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, stroke, and other types of brain injury are all considered to be a brain injury.

It is important to seek medical attention ASAP to determine the severity, type, and best treatment of whatever brain injury you have.  Once a treatment plan has been determined it will be important to form a support team to help you manage the stress and activities of recovering and adapting to whatever the brain injury is.

There are many resources available on the internet to provide helpful information about brain injury.  For traumatic brain injury there is helpful information from the TBI Model Systems, CDC, and other resources.

Treatment for brain injury can include an office visit, inpatient hospitalization, rehabilitation hospitalization, day hospitalization,  intensive outpatient therapy, and typical outpatient therapy.  A neuropsychological evaluation is routinely requested to help clarify current cognitive strengths and weakness and create a treatment plan.  Evaluations by rehabilitation therapists may also be requested followed by the possibility of outpatient therapies.  The BIANM has support through this process by other adults who have a brain injury or have been trained on how to manage a brain injury in the community.