It's often difficult to determine the nature and extent of a brain injury. Because the human brain is exquisitely complicated, as well as extremely vulnerable to injuries, the term "brain injury" can denote a wide range of damage and encompass many different symptoms.
For example, some brain injuries are caused by suffering a strong blow to the outside of the skull, while other injuries may have been caused by an object penetrating the skull. Some brain injuries may affect only one small part of the brain, while others can impact many different areas. Since different parts of the brain control different behaviors, even a small injury can significantly change how someone can perform certain tasks or handle day-to-day activities.
Basic Brain Injury Information
Fortunately, there are many organizations whose mission it is to inform the public about the various kinds of traumatic brain injury (also called TBI). These groups also offer guidance about how to seek out a rehabilitation facility, and what you can expect during the rehabilitation process if you or a loved one has a brain injury. Below is a list of a number of organizations, as well as rehabilitation facilities, that provide comprehensive information about brain injury rehabilitation.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centers
There are many facilities that specialize in brain injury rehabilitation and recovery, usually as part of a larger medical facility such as a hospital or research facility. Following is a list of several centers in the United States that provide care for those suffering from TBI. This list is not intended as an endorsement or recommendation of these facilities, but rather to provide a general sense of the kinds of services a rehabilitation facility can provide, what you could expect from treatment, and what types of outpatient care may be available. These links should also help you think of what questions you may want to ask when considering treatment in a rehabilitation facility.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Information for Veterans
Veterans of the United States armed forces have certain resources available the address the injuries of the men and women who may have seen combat. TBI is particularly common among the over 50,000 troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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