The road to recovery following a brain injury can be a long one, be it a stroke, concussion, or a traumatic head injury from an accident. Some patients may be followed by a revolving door of doctors, therapists, nurses, and caregivers for weeks or even years following their initial injury. Treatment for pain, physical injuries, weakness, swallowing, cognition, and prevention of accompanying diseases or disorders is commonly managed during this period of time.
There comes a point in time when patients or family members wonder…”When will things return to normal?”. What consists of “normal” is different for us all, and is dependent upon where you are currently functioning in life. Perhaps you are:
Thus, “normal” might consist of returning to school or work; re-entry into community-based activities; or supporting a friend or household with caregiving needs. Doing so requires certain skills and habits that are often not thought about pre-injury, but become much more apparent following an injury due to changes which can impact daily functioning. There are several considerations you should make and discuss with a medical or clinical provider before you return to pre-injury activities or responsibilities.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but hopefully these factors serve as a starting point as you approach returning to a new, and different “normal”. If you would like more insight into treatment after brain injury and return to daily activities, contact Cognition, Speech & Language for a free consultation.
Fatigue After Brain Injury: https://www.brainline.org/article/fatigue-after-brain-injury-brainline-talks-dr-nathan-zasler
What do practicing psychologists do?: https://www.apa.org/topics/psychotherapy/about-psychologists
What is a neurologist?: https://www.aan.com/tools-and-resources/medical-students/careers-in-neurology/what-is-a-neurologist/
What is a physiatrist?: https://www.aapmr.org/about-physiatry/about-physical-medicine-rehabilitation/what-is-physiatry
Devon Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP
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