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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that impacts how the brain works. This can be caused by a bump to the head or an injury like a fall that jars or shakes the head or body. A TBI can also be caused by an object entering the brain, such as through violence or a car crash.
It will take time for you to get better. You may worry about how you are feeling. This is normal. TBIs often have long-term effects. These include:
No one will be able to tell you for sure how long the symptoms will last. But there are things you can do to help yourself get better.
You may need another person to watch you closely to make sure that your symptoms aren't getting worse. Follow your doctor's instructions about how long you need someone to stay with you.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Different types of therapy and support may used to help you recover from a TBI. Follow the plan your doctor suggests. This may include:
Here are some ways you can help yourself:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: December 13, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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