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Study Reveals Traumatic Brain Injury as a Chronic Condition, Urges Ongoing Care

A recent study led by Dr. Benjamin Brett from the Medical College of Wisconsin is revolutionizing our understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

Published in Neurology, the study examined 1,110 individuals with mild to moderate/severe TBI, comparing them to 154 patients with orthopedic injuries. The findings challenge the traditional belief that TBI is a one-time event with stable outcomes.

Over a period of up to seven years, the study revealed that 21% of those with mild TBI and 26% with moderate/severe TBI experienced declines in cognitive ability and daily functioning. However, surprisingly, a significant proportion of participants also showed improvements. Approximately 22% of mild TBI patients and 36% of moderate/severe TBI patients displayed signs of progress.

These results indicate that TBI should be viewed as a chronic condition, with potential for improvement or decline even years after the initial injury. Long-term care is crucial, providing ongoing support and treatment to those with TBI. The study highlights the need for comprehensive, sustained care similar to that provided for other chronic conditions.

While the study’s participants were evaluated at a Level 1 trauma center within 24 hours of their injury, the results may not apply universally to all TBI cases. Nevertheless, this research on traumatic brain injury as a chronic condition reshapes our approach to TBI and emphasizes the necessity of continuous care.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to an accident, the Brain Injury Help Center offers legal assistance in securing medical treatment and seeking rightful compensation. Reach out to us today for the support you need.

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