About one-third of one million people are hospitalized for traumatic brain injury (TBI) in this nation each year. Despite neurological advances, approximately one-quarter of those victims die. Sadly, for those who live after suffering a TBI, many do not fully recover. Despite these grim facts, there are researchers and those in the medical community looking for solutions, advances, and treatments for TBI. This news is promising for those living with the effects of a traumatic brain injury.
One study, titled A Phase II Trial to Evaluate the Effects of a Single Dose of Intravenous Premarin for the Treatment of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, conducted by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, looks at the early administration of estrogen, a strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic compound. Based on animal investigations, there is a promising suggestion that early administration of IV Premarin (estrogen) in patients with severe TBI may reduce secondary brain injury, improve neurological outcomes, and improve survival.
Other studies are currently being conducted that focus on hyperbaric oxygen therapy, galvanic vestibular stimulation and motor training, psychological treatment, the use of minocycline, and the use of other drugs for the treatment of traumatic brain injury.
Treatment options for those who suffer a Georgia brain injury can range depending on the severity of the injury. Some treatments include:
- Cervical collar
- Mechanical ventilation
- Supply oxygen to the brain
- Blood pressure regulation
- Close evaluation with an ICP monitor to watch for brain swelling
Depending on the severity of the traumatic brain injury, the victim may need to help his or her recovery in the following ways:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Vestibular therapy
- Medications for depression, insomnia, and pain
Although there is still a lot to learn about TBI, advancements are being made with regard to treatment and recovery. Until there is a standardized treatment for TBI, the Law Offices of Shane Smith will continue to keep our clients updated on new studies and possible treatments related to traumatic brain injury.
If you have suffered a TBI in Georgia due to the negligence of another, please call a skilled Peachtree City injury lawyer at (770) 487-8999 today for a free legal consultation to learn more about receiving a financial recovery.