If you experience a motorcycle accident brain injury, you may be concerned about the course of treatment your doctor will prescribe. The specific treatment you will undergo will likely vary depending on the severity of your traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the symptoms you are experiencing.
When determining the proper treatment for motorcycle TBI, you first must consider your symptoms. Many people who have a concussion or head injury as a result of a motorcycle accident experience typical symptoms. These symptoms might include headaches, confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory impairment, and mood changes.
Often, the most important treatment for head injuries is rest. Proper rest means turnin off the television, putting away your books and electronic devices, and simply allowing your brain to heal. Many people find they feel best in a dark, quiet room. Pain relievers can help reduce the discomfort of a post-concussion headache.
For more severe traumatic brain injuries, physicians sometimes prescribe medicine to reduce the likelihood of seizures. They also may prescribe diuretics. These drugs reduce swelling of the tissues which can reduce the pressure that can damage the brain. A coma can sometimes be induced in order to reduce the amount of oxygen the brain requires.
In some cases, surgery may be required to treat blood clots, repair skull fractures, and relieve swelling of the brain. Therapies, like physical and occupational therapy, may be required for a number of weeks, months, or even permanently after a severe head injury.
What Are Some Causes of Concussions?
A concussion, or a MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) is caused by a jarring or impact of the head and neck. Additionally, penetrating trauma can result in a concussion. Motorcycle accidents and car accidents are a major cause of concussions. Although some TBIs result in a loss of consciousness, a concussion usually does not. Although a single concussion usually does not result in brain damage, repeated concussions can have damaging effects.
We all know riding a motorcycle is risky. But for most of us, it is worth it! Still, motorcycle riders should understand that their risk of a concussion if a crash occurs is high. You can reduce the risk by wearing a helmet, each and every time you ride.
The blood vessels in and surrounding the brain are very fragile. If you have damage to a blood vessel elsewhere in your body, you develop a bruise. But a bruise on the brain can be especially dangerous. Bruising on the brain can result in damage to the brain tissue.
Repeatedly suffering a brain injury can make you more vulnerable to neurological disorders in the future. Multiple concussions increase your likelihood of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and early dementia.
At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we have represented motorcycle accident victims for over 30 years. We are familiar with the devastating effects of concussions. Although a single concussion usually does not result in lasting damage, in the short term it can result in debilitating headaches, memory loss, confusion, dizziness, and nausea.
If you have suffered a head injury after a motorcycle accident, see a physician right away. Remember that the internet should not be used to diagnose or treat any injuries. Rather, you should see a qualified medical professional. This page is meant to share some information about concussions and brain injuries, but should not be used in place of medical treatment.
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Home Treatment for Motorcycle Accident Head Injuries
Medical treatment should be sought out for all concussions. Delayed treatment can result in ongoing symptoms that linger for months or even years. But there are also things you can do at home to help relieve your symptoms. Get as much sleep as possible. Resting in a cool, dark room can help you sleep better.
Step away from all stressful situations. Anxiety can cause you to feel worse. Asking a family member to temporarily manage things like paying the bills and phone calls can be helpful.
Be sure you are eating a healthy diet. Popping open a bag of chips and some soda can be tempting, especially since you will be spending a lot of time laying on the sofa, but it can leave you feeling worse. In addition, avoid alcoholic beverages, marijuana, and other drugs. Having your mind clouded by these substances can prolong healing time.
Participate in the activities that are most likely to relax you. Some ideas include taking a long bath, getting a massage, meditating, listening to soft music. Some people find a cool cloth on the forehead to be relaxing. Others enjoy a hot cup of tea. Choose whatever works best for you.
Lasting Effects of Motorcycle Accident TBI
Most symptoms of concussions will fully resolve in a matter of days or weeks. But for more severe traumatic brain injury, there can be lasting effects. These can include recurring headaches, confusion, mood changes, problems making decisions, dizziness, and altered sensations.
The treatment for motorcycle accident brain injury can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Rest and time away from work, however, is important. If you have any degree of head injury, you should be treated by a medical professional. And when it comes to managing your legal options, you should be helped by a legal professional. Contact the seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses to discuss your traumatic brain injury case!