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The Road Ahead: What to Expect After a Brain Injury Accident

Make sure you get the comprehensive medical care you need after a brain injuryWe are not doctors, and this library article is not meant to provide you with medical advice.

Yet, we understand that it can be difficult to know what to do when you are hurt. You may not know the right medical professionals to see, the right tests that should be done, or what to expect during your recovery. Accordingly, we hope that the information provided here helps you map out your road to recovery.

First, See the Right Doctors and Demand the Right Tests

If you have or think you have suffered a brain injury, then it is important to see one of or more of the following medical professionals:

  • Neurologists.
  • Neuropsychologists.
  • Neurosurgeons.
  • Neuropharmacologists.
  • Neuroradiologists.
  • Physiatrists.

Emergency room doctors or your primary care doctor can help you decide which of these specialists may be important to your recovery.

When you see a doctor for your brain injury, the doctor may suggest different tests to diagnose your brain injury. Those tests may include a(n):

  • CT scan.
  • SPECT scan.
  • MRI.

Once you have a diagnosis it is important to take the right steps toward your recovery.

Next, Focus on Your Physical Recovery

As you begin your recovery, it is important to know that:

  • Everyone recovers at his or her own rate. There is no fixed timeline to follow.
  • Rehabilitative therapies may be important to your recovery. It is important to be open to physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, or psychological therapy, as appropriate.
  • A journal can help. Write down your questions and document your progress to share with your medical professionals.
  • It is always okay to ask for help. You have suffered a serious injury and your friends, relatives, and the professionals you hire are all willing to help you get better.

Please talk to your doctor(s) today about the information contained in this article and about what you can do to protect your own recovery.

 

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham