Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

  • Bruno S. Subbarao
  • Rebecca N. Tapia
  • Blessen C. Eapen
Chapter

Abstract

Mild traumatic brain injury (or concussion) is fairly common in both civilian and military populations. Acute assessment for red flag symptoms is essential in the immediate period to determine the need for higher-level care. Although the natural course of concussion tends to resolve in a matter of days to weeks, some individuals will have persistent cognitive, physical, or behavioral symptoms. Symptom management, education, and reassurance are the current mainstay of treatment as the management of this condition continues to evolve rapidly. Return to play/activity guidelines are available to develop a stepwise progression to symptom-free activity.

Keywords

Concussion Mild traumatic brain injury Rehabilitation Post-concussion syndrome Second impact syndrome Post-traumatic headaches 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno S. Subbarao
    • 1
  • Rebecca N. Tapia
    • 2
    • 3
  • Blessen C. Eapen
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Polytrauma / Transition and Care Management ProgramsPhoenix VA Health Care SystemPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Polytrauma Network Site, South Texas Veterans Health Care SystemSan AntonioUSA
  3. 3.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineUniversity of Texas Health Science Center San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, South Texas Veterans Health Care SystemSan AntonioUSA

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