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Brain injury treatments and developments

Brain injuries are some of the most complex and difficult types of injuries to treat because there is still so much about the brain and neurological functions that doctors and scientists still don't understand. The nature and severity of brain injuries can vary significantly from patient to patient, and can depend upon everything from the patient's age to the amount of time that lapsed between an injury incident and medical response. Still, available medical interventions to treat brain injuries are expanding and improving every day.

The Brain Injury Association of America explains that many brain injuries require continued medical treatment and rehabilitation efforts in order to help injury victims recover to the best of their ability. Consequently, treatment efforts often include immediate and intensive medical intervention followed by physical and/or cognitive rehabilitation.

While specific treatment methods depend largely upon the particular type of brain injury sustained, immediate medical interventions often revolve around stabilizing and managing the patient's medical condition. Achieving medical stability for the patient may include intubation. The patient may be administered medical equipment like an NG tube for nutrition and intravenous lines for medications. Such medical interventions are typically performed while the patient is in the intensive care unit.

Once the patient's medical condition has stabilized and/or improved, he or she may be transferred to another facility for the appropriate type and amount of rehabilitation. There is some evidence that suggests that physical and cognitive rehabilitation can be augmented by beginning the process much earlier than previously believed. One study found that encouraging physical movement in brain injury victims earlier in the treatment process helped to promote neurologic function, as well as prevent successive injuries. These kinds of findings support the idea that there is still much to learn about the brain and how it can be effectively treated following an injury.

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