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What is the long-term impact of a traumatic brain injury?

If you or a loved one suffer a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury, you may have questions about what the future will bring. While no two people are the same, there is no denying the fact that this type of injury can cause serious long-term trouble.

There is no typical outcome following a traumatic brain injury, but that does not mean there is no information available in regards to what the future may bring.

For example, some or all functions controlled by the brain could be impacted. Additionally, the intensity of the problem can and will differ from person to person.

It is important to understand that not all functions of a person will be impacted by a traumatic brain injury. For instance, a person may hold onto his or her long-term memories, despite the fact that he or she is dealing with short-term memory problems.

All of this information is what makes the long-term impact of a traumatic brain injury so difficult to understand. There is no way of knowing what the future will bring, even though science and medicine have come a long way in understanding this serious injury.

The most important thing to remember is this: a traumatic brain injury should be treated immediately. Furthermore, it is a must to receive long-term care from a reputable medical provider, as your medical team can have an impact on the future. Doing all of this can go a long way in finding a way to live with the injury over the long term.

Source: Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai (BIRC-MS), “What Impact Will Moderate or Severe TBI Have on a Person’s Life?,” accessed April 18, 2016

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