Merriam-Webster defines cure as “a complete or permanent solution or remedy.” Although this term is often used in medicine actually achieving a “permanent solution” can be very difficult to achieve for many medical conditions. Patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) often suffer a variety of associated conditions (dizziness, headache, etc.) and these associated conditions can be long lasting and difficult to achieve. Moreover, these conditions can persist long after the initial brain injury itself has apparently resolved. In addition, long term sequelae of brain injuries can occur many years after the initial injury. These factors along with the increase susceptibility of the brain to future insults after any initial insult complicate the ability to apply the term “cure” too mTBI. This chapter explores this issue and examines the, perhaps more germane topic, of the timing for return to normal activities. This issue is critical in the field of mTBI and often is one of the most difficult decisions to be considered.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Neurosensory Disorders in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2019|
- Return to play
- Return to work
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