What is the Recovery Period/Healing Time for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Intracranial Injury?

The recovery period/healing time for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury depends largely on how severe the injury is, secondary injuries and on the age of the patient. Recovery period is often achieved to the level of being able to improve conditions, prevent more damage, retrain skills, and readapt the patients to the society. People with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury never completely recover to their former state of being.

What Yoga Poses/Asanas are suggested for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Intracranial Injury?

Complete recovery is often achieved for severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury with mild symptoms like stress, tiredness, headaches, irritability, loss of memory and others. Recovery for mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury is usually between 7 to 10 days after injury. In severe situations, they may last for up to 3 months.

How to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Intracranial Injury?

To prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury, the following cares should be taken especially for the elderly and also small children:

  • Always use a seat belts and airbags in a vehicle. Do not allow little children to seat in front seats. They should sit at the back with specially made child-booster seats.
  • Do not drive while drunk or under the influence of drugs, and if you are under medications that weaken your body.
  • Always ensure you wear a helmet when riding a motor bike, bicycle, skateboards, or snowmobiles to prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury. When playing some sports like baseball, hockey, skating, skiing, or horse riding, ensure you wear a head protection.
  • Use rough-faced tiles on the bathroom and kitchen floors to prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury.
  • Fixing handrails in your bathrooms will help small children and the elderly prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury.
  • Fix handrails on the two sides of your staircase.
  • Ensure play grounds are protected with shock-absorbers.
  • Children should not play close to balconies.
  • Protect balconies with high walls or tight fitted high rails.
  • Do not throw litter on the floor and staircases.
  • Ensure the rooms are well illuminated.
  • Fix guards on the windows.
  • Keep objects away from the floor.

Coping Tips for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Intracranial Injury

For the patient to cope well with his/her condition of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury, the family, caregivers and the patient must be involved in ensuring that necessary requirements are followed to achieve good results and not feel dejected.

There are various ways a patient can cope with the various conditions of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury that hinders them from partaking in daily life activities. They following coping strategies for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury must be implemented:

  • A good coping tip for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury is to help the patient remember those things, people, and events they must have forgotten by writing them down.
  • The support group must ensure that the patient joins a group of people in the community who are in the same condition as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury as they are and who are receiving some help from specialists on emotional and social support.
  • In order to properly cope with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury, ensure the patient follows the same routine every day. His/her properties should be kept in particular places and when going for visits, the same paths should be followed.
  • Maintaining focus is crucial during the coping time for the patients of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury. Ensure a task is completed before moving on to another.
  • Take some break at intervals, at either school, work or other activities, as these activities can be so exhausting.
  • The patient of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury should constant stay in less noisy areas, as noisy environments can break down the patient's nerves.
  • Daily task activities should be made more flexible and broken down into different stages.

What is the Prognosis for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Intracranial Injury?

The prognosis for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury often lasts for months or years. Care should be taken to avoid reoccurrence of brain injury, as this may lead to permanent disabilities. The length of time for total recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury often depends on how long the coma lasts and how serious it is. It also depends on the extent of the trauma.

What Yoga Poses/Asanas are suggested for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Intracranial Injury?

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury can be treated with yoga, since it is an exercise that improves body and mind conditions by doing some body relaxation and stretching exercises.

Yoga promotes the total wellbeing of the body and mind through some exercises and postures. It does not have any side effects and it is recommended for victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury. Performing some of the following yoga on a daily basis for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury will go a long way to improve recovery faster:

  • Hastapadasana: This means standing forward bend. Doing this pose for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury will increase the supply of blood to the brain, so that it revitalizes the nerves and calms the mind.
  • SetuBandhasana: This means 'the bridge pose'. It helps to reduce anxiety and relax the brain in the patients of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury.
  • Shishuasana: This means 'child pose'. It relaxes the nervous system and takes away pains and aches.
  • Marjariasana: This means 'Cat Stretch'. It helps in proper circulation of blood and relaxation of the mind for the victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury.
  • Paschimottanasa: This means 'Two-legged forward bend'. It reduces stress and relaxes the brain.
  • AdhoMukhaSvaasana: This means 'Downward Facing Dog Pose'. It helps increase circulation of blood to the brain and soothes headaches.
  • Padmasana: This means 'Lotus Pose'. It helps calm the mind and soothes headaches in the patients of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury.
  • Shavasana: Shavasana means 'Corpse pose'. It should be the last pose, usually lasts for a longer time. The person lies down upwards like a corpse for some minutes. Corpse pose helps to revitalize the body.

These yoga exercises are very helpful but must not be used in place of medication. The postures can be practiced during rehabilitation period or after complete recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or intracranial injury. Yoga postures should be practiced with the help of a specialist teacher. Before going into any yoga lessons, ensure you consult your doctor for confirmation.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: May 3, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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