A seemingly countless number of patients are seen in California emergency rooms and trauma centers each year after suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Whether the accidents occur on the football field or during a car crash, people often experience long-term problems related to brain swelling and blunt-force impact. Researchers have found that some enduring effects may be treatable with medications and other therapies.
After the initial healing period, the residual effects of brain injury are caused by persistent inflammation of the tissues. Lingering, mild swelling has been associated with chronic brain damage resulting in cognitive impairment and psychiatric abberations. Additionally, people who endure repeated injuries while the brain is still recovering from the initial trauma are at higher risk for permanent cognitive deterioration. Where long-term problems have formerly been attributed to the initial injury, the issues are now being connected with continual irritation in the brain.
Studies have shown that patients who are treated early on in the recovery phase may be able to halt or reverse the damages caused by chronic brain tissue inflammation. Experimental medications have been shown to reduce the amount of swelling to the cerebrum after injury, and specific exercises can be performed to help keep irritation to a minimum.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the primary causes of traumatic brain injuries. Victims of such an accident may face long and expensive medical care and treatment, and in some cases their financial situation is made worse by being unable to return to work for prolonged periods. In the event that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, the injured victim may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to determine how to seek compensation for the losses that have been sustained.