Impact of Injury

Brain BandageAlthough many articles, including this one, will focus on enjoying life after a brain injury, readers should understand that the theme of the blog is overcoming adversity. Furthermore, adversity is unlikely to affect only the person who is facing a bad situation. Most often, adversity also affects those who are concerned about the person facing the bad situation.

As such, I want to spend a little time describing the impact of brain injury so people who are indirectly affected by the adversity better understand the factors that directly affect brain injury survivors. Since there are many websites that describe the impact of physical injury from an anatomical or physiological perspective, I will not use much space in this post to cover those topics. If you would like help gathering additional information, please read the Resources Page of the blog or contact me through the Contact Page of the blog.

It is important to understand that all brain injuries are not alike. The exact impact of an injury is largely determined by the following factors:

  • Age at trauma
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Genetics
  • Type of trauma
  • Location of trauma
  • Severity of trauma

The type, location, and severity of trauma will determine which of the following therapies would be most beneficial, but doctors and insurance providers will ultimately determine how much of each therapy is appropriate:

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychosocial therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Vision therapy

Some brain injury survivors also believe in the benefit of :

  • Hyperbaric therapy
  • Spiritual healing
  • Acupressure / Acupuncture

Other survivors turn to complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) which I have grouped into the following six categories. Please note that the following groups, and lists within a groups, are intended to provide examples not comprehensive or indisputable details:

  • Non-traditional medicine (Oriental)
  • Biological solutions (vitamins, minerals, and herbs)
  • Mind-body medicine (meditation, visualization, and hypnosis)
  • Massage (Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, Shiatsu, and Reflexology)
  • Energy-based therapy (Chi Gong, Tai Chi, and Reiki)
  • Sound-based therapy (music, guided imagry, and white noise)

Recovery from trauma is largely determined by the following factors:

  • Plan, Do, Check, Act — plan the recovery process, do something in the plan, check to make sure what you are doing has the desired impact, then decide which action (follow or revise the plan) is most appropriate.
  • Hope – a sincere belief that things will get better.
  • Attitude – a positive demeanor regardless of the circumstance.
  • Support (family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.) – people who are supportive of your recovery.
  • Effort – recovery is more than a full-time job.
  • Commitment – recovery is dedicating yourself to reach a goal regardless of the effort required and setbacks you face.
  • Quality of therapy – find a solution that works for you.
  • Time since trauma – seek help as soon as possible after an injury.

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Does your recovery plan account for obstacles you may encounter during recovery? How long do you follow a plan that is not working before deciding to change that plan? How do you remain hopeful when the people around you believe there is no reason to hope? How do you maintain a positive attitude when disappointing events occur?  What can you do to educate the people around you to make sure they are supportive? How do you remain committed during a slow recovery process? How can you use your experience to help others?

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4 Comments

  1. Great post. I’m seriously considering hyperbaric oxygen treatment, in addition to other possibilities. I’m 4 years post two mTBIs, and seem to be at the limit of recovery. But every day is a new day, and I’m grateful!

    1. Mary, Thank you for sharing your comments. I know several people who swear the hyperbaric chamber did great things for them. I have not used one — primarily due to insurance. I wanted to try it. Please let me know your thoughts about it after you try a session or two.

  2. Your list is incomplete – In all of your healing modalities for head trauma, you did not list Upper Cervical Chiropractic. That’s what gave me my life back. So much so, a few years after my injury, I entered Chiropractic School, and since graduation, my husband and I are thus able to greatly help each other. He was head injured as a young boy and fully recovered in his 40’s when he decided to enter Chiropractic School and met an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.

    1. Dorrin, it would be impossible to provide a comprehensive list of every possible therapy. That is not what I attempted to do, nor is it what I plan to do in the future. Many of the people who follow me and read my posts do not want to see a lengthy list of anything. I intentionally try not to list every fact or posibility about a subject covered by a post.

      However, I do appreciate your comment because it provides readers with additional therapies to consider.

      Thank you for sharing your expertise.

      Scott

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