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If you or a family member suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you likely have a burden of expenses.
These additional costs compound the emotional and physical toll that is already affecting you and your loved one’s quality of life.
As Tax Day approaches, it’s important to know that many of your medical and caregiving expenses may be eligible for deductions and tax credits.
Need help figuring out your itemized deductions? Use Schedule A (either Form 1040 or 1040-SR).
Gross income is a term that throws people for a loop. It’s considered your overall income before expenses, which is typically completely taxable.
However, there are certain forms of income that you can deduct from your annual taxable income. Some of these items include:
Despite these additional forms of income, many people suffering from a TBI — or those caring for the loved ones with a TBI — remain financially underwater.
When preparing your taxes, make sure to look closely at what benefits you can remove from your gross income. Doing so will lower the amount of taxes you owe, thus saving you money to continue TBI treatment.
Insurance doesn’t always cover the total costs of medical expenses. Whether you need to pay out of pocket for yourself, your spouse, or your dependents, those expenses can often be deducted.
For those suffering from a TBI, or caring for a family member with a TBI, you need to know which expenses you can recoup.
Federal tax law permits write-offs for medical expenses due to long-term care. This eligibility is for people who are chronically ill and under long-term care by a physician.
Of course, a severe TBI can result in a patient being chronically ill and in need of long-term care.
It is important to note that according to the IRS website, “you may deduct only the amount of your total medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.”
If your child, spouse, or other dependent with a TBI requires full-time care, you likely have additional caregiver expenses. Whether you are employed or using a caregiver’s services to find time to look for work, you may be entitled to a dependent care credit.
There is no age restriction when it comes to a taxpayer’s dependents who are not able to care for themselves. Meaning, even if you are caring for an adult child with a TBI, you may still be eligible.
As a caregiver for a family member or other dependent, you likely pay for several costs out of your own pocket. To help provide financial relief, some states have additional tax credits and deductions for caregivers.
If eligible, these specific tax programs will affect your federal tax credit. Taking these credits or deductions will reduce your taxable gross income.
It is important to note that these programs differ from state to state. The name of the program and the eligibility requirements will be different from one state to another.
The care needed for those suffering from a TBI often requires long-term care insurance, as it can be considered a long-term injury.
If you have purchased long-term care insurance, your state may offer a tax credit or deduction. However, this will vary between different states.
For instance, some states require that a long-term care policy is qualified. You should look into your state’s specific eligibility requirements to know what tax benefits are available to you.
A TBI can affect your entire family’s way of life. Financially, physically, emotionally, and logistically — the care required for someone suffering from a TBI can take a toll.
Moody Neuro is dedicated to helping patients and their families with the personalized care needed to treat the unique challenges of a brain injury.
Following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), sleep disorders are a common problem. Even in mild cases of TBI, the quality and quantity of an individual’s sleep can suffer.
Studies estimate that around 30% to 70% of TBI patients have sleeping disorders. Furthermore, regular sleep is a crucial part of our health. A lack of sleep may lead to various health problems — cardiovascular disease, strokes, depression, and anxiety are all possible.
So how can we help our loved ones find good rest again?
Identifying possible sleeping disorders is the first step.
Our brains play a crucial role in how our bodies sleep. The brain regulates essential sleep hormones, like melatonin. So, any trauma to the brain can cause a significant change in normal sleeping patterns. What’s more, any sleeping issues can quickly snowball into more severe health issues, affecting both mental and physical health.
Additionally, TBI patients can develop mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and more. Depression can make falling and staying asleep hard. Or, it can cause you to sleep for longer than you should. While your body needs rest to recover, too much sleep can indicate more serious issues.
Furthermore, because headaches often occur after TBI, pain can make falling asleep difficult. And, sometimes, even adding or changing medications will affect how we sleep. If you believe your medication is preventing or drastically increasing your sleep, talk to your doctor. It may just be a matter of adjusting the time of the day you take each dose.
If you’re looking for the best recovery programs for your loved one, reach out to Moody Neuro. We specialize in helping TBI patients and their families to recover and reclaim their lives. Our mission is to help each patient through their recovery.
When you experience a TBI, some of the following sleep disorders may develop.
It’s important to acknowledge changes to your sleep patterns as they occur. Keeping a sleep journal or making notes on your phone may help. There are also endless apps you can use that are designed to track sleep patterns.
Insomnia can make falling asleep and staying asleep tough. Additionally, you might wake up earlier than usual and feel restless.
Hypersomnia will leave you feeling tired throughout the day. This drowsiness makes focusing harder than usual. It can also make driving dangerous if you’re falling asleep behind the wheel.
Having a delayed sleep phase means that your internal sleep clock is off. You might not be able to fall asleep at your regular bedtime. Eventually, the delayed sleep phase makes having a consistent sleep schedule difficult.
Parasomnia is a sleeping disorder that includes several types of disruptive sleeping behavior. For example, teeth grinding, sleepwalking, and night terrors are all kinds of parasomnia.
Having a TBI can make managing sleeping disorders difficult. But, certain lifestyle changes can help symptoms.
However, contact your healthcare provider if you have trouble sleeping for longer than a few weeks or feel like your symptoms are getting worse.
First, try going to bed at night and waking up in the morning at the same time every day. A regular sleep schedule is one of the best ways to help get your body used to a sleep routine. Although this can take some time to work, a little patience goes a long way!
Additionally, if you take long naps during the day, try to cut the length to only 20 minutes a day. Lengthy naps can disrupt a regular sleep schedule and make it harder for you to fall asleep.
Furthermore, regular exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol can help sleep disorder symptoms.
Each patient receives highly personalized care at our facilities. Our goal is to make the recovery process as supportive and successful as possible for both families and patients.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about the outpatient, inpatient, and other therapeutic services we offer to those with TBI. Together, we can tackle any challenges that lie ahead. Contact us today to learn more.
Certain symptoms may occur after you or a loved one experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI). For example, changes to one’s physical health, emotional state, and behavior can all be signs of a TBI.
And before you can help your loved one on their path to recovery, it’s important to stay aware of the possible feelings and symptoms they might be experiencing. That way, you can find solutions to help treat them.
Symptoms may vary depending on the kind of injury you or a family member experiences. Additionally, age and overall health can also play a role in the types of symptoms.
There are different levels to an injury’s severity. When it comes to TBI, the severity is often initially based on how long someone loses consciousness. For example, a loss of consciousness for 20 minutes or less immediately after the injury occurs is usually considered a mild TBI.
In contrast, a moderate TBI can result in a loss of consciousness for up to 24 hours. Anything past 24 hours is considered severe TBI, and the symptoms may be more severe and long-lasting.
[Related: Which TBI Care Plan Is Right For You?]
Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the individual. Additionally, you may not experience each symptom on this list right after an injury takes place. Some symptoms may take days or weeks to appear, and they can change or worsen over time.
Headaches are a common symptom after a TBI. For moderate and severe injuries, headaches may grow worse over time. Occasionally, they may persist for a long time after a TBI.
Trouble remembering events and faces, even those of loved ones, may take place after a TBI. This can include issues with focusing and attention problems as well.
It’s common for people who experience a mild TBI to have blurry vision. For more serious injuries, a mild TBI can result in total loss of vision as well.
Ringing sounds that come and go may occur after TBI. Tinnitus can be louder and more noticeable right after a mild injury and the days that follow. However, tinnitus symptoms can remain for months or years afterward, too.
TBI can cause you to be much more tired than usual. If you are suffering from drowsiness every day, this will likely begin to affect your sleep as well. Developing sleeping disorders is not uncommon.
Instead of tiredness, you may feel the exact opposite. It’s common for TBI patients to feel restless, irritable, or anxious.
Balance problems or trouble with coordination are possible following a moderate or severe TBI.
You may feel like your emotions are harder to control than they once were. Additionally, you might notice signs of depression later on.
You may feel nausea and lose your appetite.
Seizures are also possible after a TBI.
Children experience TBIs a little differently than adults. While their symptoms are similar, they may not be as clear. However, if your child experiences a bump to the head, falls, or otherwise has an injury, you should watch for the following signs of a TBI:
[Related: Choosing a Brain Injury Treatment Clinic]
Some symptoms may persist for months or even years following a TBI. Conditions like sleep disorders, depression, or difficulties concentrating may arise later in a TBI patient’s life.
The following are all possible complications after experiencing a moderate or severe TBI. However, there are more than what is listed here.
At Moody Neuro, helping TBI patients through their recovery process is our mission. With the latest technology, personal support network, and dedicated staff, we take pride in providing the best TBI therapy programs.
As the new year is upon us, it is important for brain injury survivors and their families to be aware that the change in year can lead to disorientation. Survivors become used to the year 2021. Due to their injury, it can be hard to switch to the new year of 2022.
As a comparison, many individuals without an injury accidentally write the old year on their checks and other documents for the first few weeks of the new year, as they have become accustomed to writing the old year.
This difficulty in switching can become much more of a problem after a brain injury. For some survivors, it may take many months to naturally make the switch to the new year, if at all. This disorientation to year can affect not only activities such as the accurate completion of important documents and appointment tracking, but also survivors’ ability to track personal information such as their age.
To help with the transition to the new year, it is helpful to have new calendars in homes, particularly in the rooms that the survivors are most likely to use. These calendars should be in easy-to-see locations, such as on the refrigerator in the kitchen or over the bed in the bedroom. Usually, survivors show better orientation when the calendar dates have larger, more easily visible print.
For survivors who tend to have greater difficulties with disorientation, family members and other loved ones should remind the survivors of the new year. This can be done by regularly reviewing the current date and also in more subtle ways, such as by adding it into regular conversations. For example, a family member could say, “Today is looking pretty sunny. Seems like the new year of 2022 is starting off on the right foot.”
With all survivors who have orientation deficits following injury, the more orientation aids (such as calendars, clocks, and planners) that are accessible, the better they will perform.
Overall, survivors and their loved ones should expect that if orientation was already a difficulty, the switch to the new year will likely bring greater disorientation. They should prepare by using calendars, reminders, and other orientation aids to help the survivors make a smooth transition to the new year.
Following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the first question patients ask is…How long will recovery take? And what can I do to give myself the best recovery possible?
Recovery is a challenging period. Oftentimes, it’s dependent on time, rest, and therapy. However, there are several strategies you can use to help yourself return to the activities you enjoy.
Each of the following tips is important to your recovery. And when you make an effort to practice all five together, you will see the best results.
No matter what we experience – whether that be a cold, a broken bone, or traumatic brain injury – it’s natural to want our recovery to happen as fast as possible.
But learning how to be patient with yourself is the most valuable skill you can practice during recovery. This is especially true when it comes to TBI recovery.
It’s frustrating when progress doesn’t happen as quickly as you’d prefer. However, those frustrating feelings do not serve your recovery. And you’re worth all the effort you’re putting in!
Try to remain as patient and optimistic about your recovery as possible. Celebrate each win. And give yourself grace for the aspects of recovery that aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like.
Recovery will happen much faster and far more easily!
As with any skill, sport, musical instrument, or language, practicing your therapy exercises is important. Practice the best habits that you can, like sleeping and waking up at the same time.
The best part about practice is that no matter what you’re practicing, the end result does not have to be perfect.
We are all a work in progress – no one is perfect. And more often than not, each of us is working on being our best selves each and every day.
Plateaus will come. You might feel as if you’ve gone as far as you can during these moments. Regardless, keep practicing and putting in the effort. This is what will keep your recovery moving forward on the road to success.
Since 1982, Moody Neuro has been offering TBI patients the recovery support they need to live fully once more. Contact us today to learn about our rehabilitation services.
Are you familiar with the term “mindfulness”? It’s a way of engaging in activities that encourage you to bring your complete focus to whatever it is that you’re doing.
Brushing your teeth? Try to pay attention to how you’re moving the brush. Listening to music? See if you can hear notes or sounds you haven’t heard before.
The idea is that by focusing only on the activity, you can step outside of the overwhelming emotions recovery can bring. Furthermore, mindfulness can help lower anxiety and stress and increase your concentration.
When you first begin the recovery process, you may want to push yourself to do as much as possible. And while it’s incredibly helpful to remain enthusiastic and eager to do what’s necessary for recovery, knowing when to rest is just as important.
Don’t overdo it! Some things may take more time than they used to, and that’s okay.
Because when you try to do too much and ignore your body’s signals, you can actually hinder your recovery.
Moody Neuro offers a wide range of therapeutic services to help you in your recovery. Connect with us, and we’ll begin exploring the best recovery plan for you.
The best support is crucial to your recovery following a TBI. From family member caregivers to physical therapists and doctors, recovery is most helpful when you’re surrounded by people who want to help you accomplish your goals.
Either way, lean into your support network often. These are the people who care about you and your recovery.
Moody Neurorehabilitation offers highly personalized patient care for those recovering from TBI. We understand your goal is to return to your life and the community. So we are dedicated to helping you recover safely and on a timeline that works for you. Together, we can help you achieve your rehabilitation goals with a strong support network. Contact us today to learn more.
The holidays are about spending time with those closest to you. However, when you’re recovering from a TBI, the holidays can be a little more challenging.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You may not have the energy to spend the whole day celebrating. And the worst part is that all you want to do over the holidays is spend time with friends and family.
Moreover, you want to show up and be present with those you love without causing them or yourself worry. But overextending yourself and your time can leave you feeling exhausted and mentally drained.
Here are helpful tips to help you get through the celebrations while still keeping your health a priority. After all, you don’t want your TBI to prevent you from participating in family traditions. But it’s important to listen to your body and rest when rest is needed.
We believe that each individual with TBI needs support that meets their own unique needs. Get in touch with us at Moody Neuro to discuss our rehabilitation services.
It’s okay to go at your own pace. Holiday celebrations can quickly become hectic, and it may be tempting to try and match everyone else’s pace. But doing too much can make you irritable and put a cloud over your day that’s supposed to be full of family, love, and fun.
Pushing yourself too far will lead you to wipe out early and leave you feeling worse the following day. Additionally, try to avoid doing too much cooking, decorating, or other activities you might traditionally undertake.
Most importantly, focus on enjoying the day in your own way. Do what feels right for your current energy level and mood.
If that includes taking a nap after dinner, then that’s okay!
Large get-togethers can be noisy and mentally draining, so opt for a smaller, more intimate day instead. Lowering the number of events you attend or hours spent on the road saves your time and stamina for the most important parts of the day.
Try to keep things simple and easy but still enjoyable. Doing this has the added benefit of cutting out the excess details or over-the-top traditions, and instead, allows everyone to focus on sharing the day with family.
It might be helpful to speak with your family beforehand. Let them know that your recovery is still in progress, and if you decide to take a break, you will appreciate their understanding.
While last-minute shopping is sometimes necessary, try to keep your schedule light closer to the holidays. Space out everything you want to do, like cleaning or shopping. That way, you don’t feel rushed and have plenty of time to do things at your own speed. It’s also wise to give yourself a day of rest before your family’s celebration.
Furthermore, try to figure out how long the trip will take if you’re traveling. An application like Google Maps can be helpful here.
What’s more, there are plenty of options to get from point A to point B without being behind the wheel yourself. Look into rideshare apps, public transportation, or bus schedules for long-distance trips. That way, you can even sleep through the commute if you need a bit more rest.
However, it can also be a good idea to ask a relative to drive if you feel uncomfortable taking public transportation. And if you need support at any point, don’t hesitate to reach out to your network for help.
Setting boundaries is important for your mental health during the holidays. Whether politely changing the conversation with a family member who wants to know more than you’re comfortable sharing or stepping away from the hubbub for a moment, boundaries sometimes need to be set.
Regardless, setting boundaries is a healthy way of maintaining quality relationships with those close to you.
And while it might be a little hard at first to set boundaries with a family member or move past worrying that you’ll hurt someone’s feelings, setting boundaries actually has the opposite effect.
When boundaries are set, family members will understand that you are doing what is best for you. And this allows you to be at your best when you’re with them.
Finding helpful resources for your TBI recovery isn’t always straightforward. If you’re also providing care to your child after a TBI, searching for help can add to the already stressful season.
It should be easier to find the resources you need to help get through this period. After all, you want to provide your child with the best care and support possible.
Here are the 10 most supportive traumatic brain injury resources for parents.
Looking for personalized TBI therapy services? Moody Neurorehabilitation is here to help. We offer outpatient and residential care and can help families find accommodations during the process. Contact us to learn more.
The Brain Injury Association offers many helpful resources on traumatic brain injury. From educational guides to support groups, you can find help on their website.
Moreover, they offer a list of state rehabilitation programs.
The Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI) helps TBI patients and caregivers learn more about TBI. Furthermore, the organization raises awareness about brain injuries and how to prevent them.
Additionally, you can find information on local support groups.
The Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services (CRS) Program helps eligible TBI patients with the rehabilitative process and their recovery goals. They also assist patients with finding support services and may even pay for them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers more than updates on the pandemic. They also offer the latest studies on traumatic brain injury.
Additionally, they have a special Heads Up page where parents can find support as they help their children recover from TBI.
Your Texas Benefits is a resource that simplifies finding financial aid for healthcare, food costs, and support services. After answering basic questions, you’ll be able to see which benefits you can receive. Or if you’re looking for support services, you can sign up for updates about available options.
The Coalition for Barrier Free Living, INC. offers services and programs that help those with disabilities. Their goal is to promote equal opportunity for those with traumatic brain injuries.
The organization teaches those in recovery how to live independently, find peer support, and learn practical skills. Workshops cover money management, public transportation, and more. Community integration is the focus of this group.
The Texas Workforce Commission helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment. They do this through free, vocational rehabilitation programs for both adults and youth.
For example, the group helps teach job skills and connects those in recovery with employers.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) helps people with TBI sign up to take their driving tests.
The ability to drive is a privilege and freedom teenagers look forward to. Adolescents with a TBI aren’t doomed to always be driven by mom and dad.
Another resource to keep in mind is 211 Texas, a Texas Health and Human Services Commission program. At their core, they provide information about local services. From food and housing to support groups and counseling, 211 Texas can help your family with basic needs.
Moody Neurorehabilitation has been leading the way in rehabilitation programs since 1982. In each of our four locations, we provide outpatient and residential care as well as a wide range of therapeutic services.
We want to give our loved ones the best care and support possible following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Specialized care is often needed for a full recovery since the recovery process for TBI varies from one person to the next.
But numerous support programs are available and choosing the right one can be overwhelming. How do we know which TBI care plan is right for you and your loved one?
We want to make choosing a TBI care plan easier.
That way, you can focus on helping your loved one recover.
If you’re looking for rehabilitation services for a TBI patient, look no further than Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute. The services we offer focus on bringing patients and their families the support they need throughout each stage of the recovery process. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.
Four different kinds of care plans are available for TBI. Each one may have a slight overlap in the services they offer.
Residential care supports TBI patients with highly personalized care. While still respecting the patient’s comfort zone, residential care aims for progress over time.
Therapist recommendations guide residential care plans in offering support with all daily activities as well as rehabilitative treatment techniques.
Residential care also monitors a patient’s progress, so family members always know how their loved one is doing.
However, if your loved one can be supported at home, and you think they would recover better in a familiar space, you might want to consider outpatient care.
Outpatient care requires patients to meet the same admission checklist and practice the same therapeutic exercises as patients in residential care, but from the comfort of their own home. If a residential patient has made progress in their recovery, then they can transition to outpatient care.
But depending on your loved one’s condition, you might be providing more care and support than you are prepared for. Because recovery takes time, you may find yourself taking on multiple roles that you never have before. From nurse and coach to therapy-aide, becoming a primary care-giver for your loved one may take a lot of your attention. And while you’ll be learning a lot about how to help throughout recovery, taking on the added responsibilities can be overwhelming.
So it’s important to find a balance, and consider utilizing other care options like respite care that allow your loved one to get out of the house and experience something new. Or, consider a care plan like long-term support living.
Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute has outpatient care plans that fit your loved one’s needs. Connect with us today to learn more.
A TBI patient who needs support with things like cooking, taking medication, walking, or bathing may find the care they need with long-term support living.
Care is provided in a patient’s home, community-based settings, or care facilities.
If you are unable to help with the level of care your loved one needs, long-term support living may be the best TBI care plan.
Respite care is a short-term TBI care service that gives patients time away from their main caregivers. Respite care takes on a few different forms, and you can find options for short-term care in-home or out-of-home.
Agencies, volunteers, group homes, or even other family members can help provide this type of care.
You often plan respite care in advance, but if an emergency arises and you need immediate support for your loved one, respite care can help you.
Each physician at Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute has specialized training in brain injury rehabilitation.
All of our patients receive highly personalized care to set them up for success.
Because we believe family is so important for the recovery process, we offer family accommodations while your loved one is in the rehabilitation process.
Reach out to us today to learn about our patient intake process and take the first step toward finding the right TBI care plan for your loved one.
When a family member experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s natural to want to know how long the recovery period will last.
However, this can be difficult to predict. In fact, depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time for a TBI may vary from a few weeks to six or more months.
Each person reacts differently to injury and illness. Thus, recovery time will vary between individuals. However, the length of recovery time for TBI depends on how long a patient is unconscious. The longer someone is unconscious, the longer the recovery time.
Learn more about the different types of TBI and the recovery time you can expect.
If you or a loved one is a TBI patient, connect with Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute to start the recovery process. Each of our patients receives patient-focused care from our experienced staff.
A mild case of TBI often has a fast recovery time. While a loss of consciousness is possible, it will likely be very brief. Oftentimes, there is a rapid recovery to normalcy within the first week of an injury. For most mild TBI patients, symptoms will last anywhere from a week to a month.
During the recovery time, patients may experience a wide range of symptoms:
Although other symptoms are possible, it’s likely that a mild TBI patient will experience at least one of these.
To recover, get plenty of rest. Pushing yourself too hard will worsen your symptoms.
A moderate TBI includes a loss of consciousness for up to 24 hours.
Severe TBI often involves a loss of consciousness for longer than 24 hours. Brain bleeding or swelling is also likely here.
Post-traumatic amnesia is longer in moderate to severe TBI. Moderate TBI patients can experience memory loss for anywhere from one to seven days.
Severe TBI patients, however, experience symptoms for longer than a week.
Recovery time for this type of TBI depends on the patient’s prior health, their access to healthcare and rehabilitation, and family support.
Moderate TBI patients may be more susceptible to long-term effects like mental health disorders. For example, many patients experience depression as a result of their injury.
While it’s hard to pinpoint the length of recovery for moderate and severe TBI, the range is typically from months to years. But the good news is that with the right support, lifestyle changes, and care, TBI patients can continue to show improvements to their health.
Providing TBI patients with the best possible rehabilitation services is a personal mission of Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute.
In 1982, Robert Moody founded the Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute after his son Russell experienced a traumatic brain injury. Robert’s dedication to the highest quality of care for TBI patients is the same dedication our staff brings to each one of our patients.
Contact us today to learn how we can help your loved one recover from TBI and regain their health.
Head injuries can be frightening, whether they happen to you or a loved one. When left untreated, head trauma can lead to neurological complications that may decrease quality of life.
However, it can be difficult to discern when TBI medical care is necessary.
In mild injuries, the individual may not experience immediate symptoms – even for a couple of weeks after the initial injury. Moreover, the severity of the injury and the time elapsed impacts the recovery process.
Nevertheless, learning when to seek medical care for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is critical for the patient’s well-being.
The answer is simple. If you’ve experienced a head injury, seek immediate medical attention. No matter the severity of the head injury, any sudden trauma can change how our brains function.
After a head injury, people may experience varying physical and neurological symptoms as time goes on.
For example, you may first experience nausea or headaches. As you begin to recover, your emotional state can alter or you could experience sleep difficulties.
Watch out for the following symptoms of a mild concussion or TBI:
Determining whether to seek medical care is difficult because head injuries may not appear serious. Oftentimes, a person who experiences head trauma may not be able to recognize they’re experiencing symptoms.
If you have a family member who has recently suffered an injury, watch carefully for anything more serious.
Many wives tales and inaccurate pieces of advice surround traumatic brain injuries.
One common misconception about TBI is that the definitions for mild, moderate, and severe are related to how much a head injury impacts brain function – not the severity of the injury itself.
Even the smallest of head injuries can be serious depending on the individual. Notably, a child has a much lower threshold for what would be serious. Adults should always seek care as well.
The longer TBI is left untreated, the more potential for long-term complications.
Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are common effects of untreated TBI. Furthermore, physical symptoms such as chronic pain or seizures are possible. A wide range of complications may develop as well, including the following:
Remember, if you experience a head injury, it’s important for your long-term health that you seek medical care immediately.
Since 1982, Moody Neuro has been providing TBI patients with leading rehabilitation treatment.
We create personalized treatment plans so each patient can be part of their communities once again. Each of our four facilities throughout Texas brings innovative solutions to improve our patients’ lives.
Contact us to learn more about how we can support you or your loved ones in recovering from TBI. Together, we can achieve the best possible outcome.