Even when wearing a helmet, motorcycle riders and passengers are incredibly vulnerable on Oklahoma roads. They do not have the same measures of protection as other motorists on the road and are exposed to the elements. This exposure can heighten the risk of a severe head injury.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the chances of sustaining a head injury by nearly 69%. However, a 2018 study reports that motorcyclists and their passengers still deal with a significant risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), whether they wear a helmet or not.
If your loved one was in a motorcycle accident and suffered a TBI, the future can suddenly seem so uncertain. After all, TBIs can have long-lasting or even permanent effects.
So, you likely want to know what to expect for your loved one’s recovery process. Here is a brief overview of the different types of treatment that might be necessary for a TBI.
Emergency treatment after the accident can vary
There is such a wide range of TBI symptoms that make these injuries difficult to treat right after the crash. In fact, the signs of a TBI often do not appear until long after the accident.
This creates a challenge for doctors to determine what kind of treatment injured individuals need, though it often includes:
- Strict monitoring and medications for mild TBIs
- Surgical procedures for severe TBIs
Surgery is often necessary if there are signs of internal bleeding or too much pressure on the brain.
TBIs often require a considerable amount of rehabilitation
Enduring the emergency medical treatment right after the accident can be overwhelming for both your loved one and your whole family. However, the treatment is often far from over.
TBIs are known to lead to cognitive disabilities as well as physical limitations, from muscle spasms to paralysis. Since the brain is the central hub of all activity in the body, a severe injury could affect several areas all at once.
Depending on the severity of the TBI, your loved one might have to attend extensive treatments such as:
- Physical therapies to assist with regaining movement, from fine motor skills to walking
- Cognitive activities to improve memory and thinking skills after an injury
- Speech therapies to help individuals relearn communication skills
A TBI is traumatic in more ways than one. It can completely change your loved one’s life, as well as yours after a motorcycle accident. But understanding the risks of a TBI and the possible treatments can help you and your family move forward and reclaim your life.