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Today, traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. While some cases of TBI are obvious to the patient and their caretaker, other cases of TBI are more complicated and develop over time. So, how do you know if you or a loved one may have suffered a TBI?

Nine Most Common Physical Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI):

  1. Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes

TBI: Tips for a Successful Recovery

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  1. Find doctors that you trust and follow sound advice.

This seems like obvious advice but, some doctors know more about TBI than others. As explained in the blog, Who You Treat With Can Make All The Difference, there’s a striking difference in the quality of care provided to TBI and MBTI patients at different hospitals and by different doctors. There are some very good institutions in the Massachusetts area such as: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital. On the other hand, some institutions have been known to misdiagnose, under-treat, or ignore patients’ symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury. Where you seek treatment is a huge determining factor in your recovery so, do not rush this decision. Do your research, talk to previous/current patients, and utilize all your resources before you make a decision for yourself or for a loved one.

What You Should Know About Neuropsychological Testing

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When is Neuropsychological Testing Appropriate?

Neuropsychological testing is frequently ordered in cases of suspected brain injury. This is because even if brain damage can be seen on an MRI or CT scan or by some of the newer, more sensitive imaging studies, this will not tell you what effects the brain damage is having on the individual. The leading textbook on neuropsychological testing explains, “Even when the site and extent of a brain lesion have been shown on imaging, the image will not identify the nature and residual behavioral strengths and the accompanying deficits; for this neuropsychological testing is needed.” Lezak, et al, Neuropsychological Assessment, 5th Edition, 2012 at p. 5.

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Advice from an Expert

I make it a rule not to intervene in my client’s medical treatment decisions. The most important thing is for clients to get the best medical care they can and recover from their injuries as fully as possible. I usually encourage them to consult with their primary care physician and do what they would do to get better if there were no lawsuits. The one situation I sometimes make an exception is where someone may have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Although an MTBI will not show up on conventional imaging studies like an MRI or a CT scan, it can cause severe and permanent symptoms.

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