About 5.3 million Americans live with a disability due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), an injury that disrupts the brain’s normal function. The team at the Neurological Institute of Los Angeles, with locations in Beverly Grove and throughout Los Angeles, Maywood, and Glendale, California, offer innovative treatments for adults recovering from TBI. If you or a loved one has a TBI, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow to the head or penetrating head injury, such as a gunshot wound, that affects your brain’s functioning. Depending on the extent of brain damage involved, a TBI can range from mild to severe.
A mild TBI can cause a temporary change in mental state, while a severe case can cause long periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death. Some TBIs result in long-term complications, like seizures, headaches, or vertigo.
A TBI can cause a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. Some symptoms may not appear until days or weeks after the injury. Depending on the severity of your head injury, TBI symptoms may include:
A TBI is a medical emergency. If you think that you or someone around you has a TBI, call 911 or your local emergency number right away.
Because a TBI requires emergency medical care, diagnosis often takes place at a hospital. The emergency room doctor may get a computerized tomography (CT) scan to check for signs of a TBI, such as brain swelling, bruising, or bleeding.
Many moderate-to-severe head injuries require surgery to remove a large blood clot or an area of bruised and swollen brain tissue.
After the patient is in stable condition, the team at the Neurological Institute of Los Angeles develops a personalized treatment plan to help them manage any lasting symptoms of the TBI. Depending on their needs, TBI treatment may include:
Rehabilitation from a TBI requires collaboration between multiple medical specialties. The team works closely with the patient, their family, and other health care providers to ensure optimal recovery.
For advanced care of traumatic brain injuries, call the Neurological Institute of Los Angeles, or book an appointment online today.