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How is a brain injury treated after a car accident?

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident, there is the chance of injury. Broken bones, abrasions and muscle damage are all common in this type of accident. The same is true for brain injuries.

Automakers continue to implement the best technology possible to protect against brain injury in the event of an accident. Even so, there is no way to completely prevent this type of injury.

The way a brain injury is treated after a car accident depends on many factors. For example, how serious was the injury? A traumatic brain injury can be mild or severe. The seriousness will go a long way in determining the type of treatment that is implemented, both immediately following the accident as well as down the road.

Some of the most serious injuries require immediate surgery. For example, this may be necessary if there is bleeding in the brain.

Medication is also available to help treat brain injuries. Anti-seizure drugs are often used if a person suffers a severe traumatic brain injury.

Finally, there are many types of rehabilitation treatment available. The primary goal of rehab is to help a person regain as much control of his or her body as possible.

The treatment one person receives for a brain injury may not be the same as another. If you are involved in an accident and believe your brain has been injured, it is better to be safe than sorry. There are times when the impact of a brain injury does not set in right away, with symptoms not presenting for several days.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed May. 21, 2015

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