How can traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) be prevented and managed?

While not all TBIs can be prevented, measures can be taken to reduce the risk of the injury. People who ride motorcycles without a helmet have twice the risk of TBIs than those who do wear helmets. Along the same lines, it is estimated that between 74 percent and 85 percent of all bicycle-related head injuries could be prevented with helmets. Airbags in cars have also been shown to reduce the number of TBIs. In the elderly, paying attention to fall prevention strategies may prevent TBI.

Recovery and management of TBIs are different for each individual injury. Regardless of the degree of injury, familial support is essential. Depending on the injury's severity, the health care team can involve nurses, neurologists, physicians, physical therapists, and the help of many other health care professionals.

Like any other condition, education about one's injury and the help of local support groups can be the greatest tools for managing TBIs and preventing further complications.

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