By Dr. Ivan Castro
With the increase in workers compensation injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is noted as the leading cause of long lasting disability, coma and death. TBI occurs as a result of head trauma from an external or penetrating force leading to structural and/or psychological brain disruption. Depending on the type of brain injury, the recovery process can take years and in some instances, the injured worker may never recover their motor or cognitive ability. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates in 2010, approximately 2.5 million of TBI cases and 50,000 deaths. Timely treatment is of the essence and any delays in medical treatment can result in costly, long and extensive forms of rehabilitation. (read the complete article)
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