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Traumatic brain injury survivors may receive care from various medical professionals. This is because after a traumatic brain injury, especially a severe one, survivors may need to be analyzed by one specialist, treated by another, and rehabilitated by a different specialist. However, each TBI patient has a unique situation and must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Below is a list of the various professionals that may be involved in a TBI patient’s recovery process along with a summary of each:

  1. Neurosurgeon: This physician specializes in surgical procedures performed on the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles). This type of specialist deals with traumatic brain injury ranging from moderate to severe.
  2. Neurologist: This physician specializes in the medical treatments of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Often, these types of doctors are asked to diagnose traumatic brain injuries and are consulted regarding immediate medical care. These specialists deal with traumatic brain injuries that are considered mild or short-term.
  3. Physiatrist: This physician specializes in physical and rehabilitative medicine. Often, they are called upon for cases dealing with neurological and orthopedic problems.
  4. Neuropsychologist: This physician specializes in the link between the brain and behavior. These specialists are specially trained to assess brain function through test batteries designed to measure cognitive deficits. Based on this information, they then select and conduct rehabilitative efforts.
  5. Respirator/Pulmonary Therapist: This physician specializes in knowledge of lung conditions and diseases. These therapists are trained to assist the pulmonary needs of a patient, including maintenance of ventilators employer to ensure clear airways, especially in comatose patients.
  6. Physical Therapist: This trained therapist specialized in the rehabilitation of patients. They focus on helping patients with motor function, coordination, balance, and endurance training in order to help the patient recover from injuries.
  7. Occupational Therapist: This trained therapist focuses on gross and fine motor skills used in the context of daily living such as eating, bathing, using the toilet, and dressing.
  8. Speech Pathologist: This trained specialist focuses on speech and communication deficits in patients. Depending on the severity of the deficit, written, oral, and computer communication may be analyzed.
  9. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors: This trained counselor focuses on identifying the transferable skills that may help a patient rejoin the workforce. These specialists use comprehensive testing in order to help patients. These may include tests that evaluate motor coordination, manual dexterity, form perception, problem solving, visual speed and accuracy, verbal comprehension, and carrying/weight lifting.
  10. Rehabilitation Case Manager: This specialist records the goals of a patient and that patient’s family. They then coordinate with the rehabilitative staff and advocate for the patient. In addition, they may deal with insurance matters in order to fund the appropriate treatments.

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