Recovering from a Traumatic Injury

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Traumatic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and spine fractures are the leading cause of disability in the US. Every year, around 1.4 million people have a traumatic brain injury and the latter can range from skull fractures to concussions, and hematomas. If you have had a traumatic injury that is moderate or severe, then you may need weeks or months to recover. Because recovery is more lengthy (and some long-term effects prevail), it is important to give yourself time and to approach the issue from various angles.

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Knowing What to Expect

After a TBI, you may find that your psychological state has altered significantly and you may feel worried, depressed, anxious, or nervous. You may also find that your behavior is different – you may cry more, have different eating patterns,  or find it difficult to follow your former routine. Sometimes, injuries cause physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, or fatigue. In addition to taking care of your body, trying to follow a healthy diet, and resting, it is equally vital to seek psychological support if you need it. A therapist can help you feel more in control of your life, provide you with strategies to deal with conditions like anxiety, and help ensure your relationships with family and friends maintain their quality.

Protecting Your Legal Rights

Depending on the nature of your traumatic injury, you may need a variety of treatments – including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy (to name a few). This may involve considerable expense, with in-hospital costs ranging from around $2,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. If the TBI or other injury was caused by a third party’s negligence or it was caused intentionally, it is vital to pursue your legal rights to seek any compensation you may be entitled to. Click here for more information on legal claims for traumatic injuries.

Fighting Stress Naturally

To help with concentration and stress relief, try out holistic methods such as yoga and mindfulness meditation. Yoga, in particular, may be of interest because it involves the coordination of body and mind. It also teachers people to calm their minds by focusing on their movement and by learning the art of controlled breathing. Yoga is also ideal because it can be adapted to any level and it is a popular practise among people of all ages. It can also be adapted to different physical needs. For instance, wheelchair yoga is often used for people who have difficulty with balance. Additional ways to battle stress naturally include spending time in nature, exercising, and making quality sleep a priority.

Traumatic injuries are common in the US, with some – including traumatic brain injuries – sometimes taking months to recover from. Injuries can have long-term effects, and sometimes, a wide array of therapies are recommended. Treatment can be expensive, so those who can should seek legal compensation if possible. They should also battle stress by seeking psychological and social support and embracing natural, effective stress-busting activities.

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