Many people are not prepared to deal with the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or spinal cord injuries. These types of severe injuries can require years of specialized medical treatment which can result in financial hardship for the injured person. In his blog, we explain the long term effects of TBI and spinal cord injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Moderate and severe TBI often results with impaired memory and cognition. This is because these types of injuries tend to damage the part of the brain that allows us to remember things. This can result in both long-term and short-term memory loss. Basic tasks like remembering appointments or returning emails become difficult for people with traumatic brain injuries.
People can sometimes remain in a state of confusion or are unable to store memories for a significant amount of time after suffering a traumatic brain injury. The loss of memory from the moment of the brain injury onward is called post-traumatic amnesia. This form of amnesia can last for a few minutes, to several weeks or months depending on how severe the brain injury is.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Severe spinal cord injuries can result in both total and partial paralysis of a person’s body or limbs. In addition to paralysis, spinal cord injuries can also cause:
- Cardiovascular Complications
- Respiratory Complications
- Urinary & Bowel Complications
- Neuropathic Pain
- Pressure Ulcers
- Osteoporosis & Bone Fractures
People with severe spinal cord injuries often have difficulty performing the most simple of tasks. They also tend to suffer a great deal of pain if they attempt to do things that they used to perform effortlessly before their spinal cord injury.