Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) vs Chronic Pain

The primary focus when helping TBI pain patients should involve understanding the diagnoses, recognizing pain, assisting with pain relief, and providing the opportunity to improve function. 

As a result of aggressive interventions and rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients are living longer. The bad news is that TBI patients are living longer with pain. Patients and families may become frustrated due to the possibility of living with intractable pain. It is well established that pain is often left underappreciated and undertreated in cognitively-impaired patients. Common neurological complications after traumatic brain injury include pain, spasticity, and late functional decline. Pain may be acute or chronic. Pain may be musculoskeletal, neuropathic (“nerve pain”), or secondary to medical complications.

A basic or clear-cut pain management approach, particularly for persons with traumatic brain injury, is inappropriate. Individualized pain management is required.

More than 90 percent of wounded soldiers—the highest survival rate in American wars—have made it off the battlefield. The increased survival rates have increased for both military and civilian TBI victims. Because there are a variety of pain syndromes associated with brain injury, the reported incidence and prevalence varies. The time course of onset and duration varies from case to case. Pain can appear at anytime after TBI (either in the acute stage, during recovery, or in the stable phase).

TBI law firm specializing in personal injury, car accidents, assaults, work injuries, hospital mistakes, and any other accident causing a TBI must be contacted immediately.  TBI lawyers and their legal staff will direct you to specialist in your area.  Contact VAP Services for a free referral to an injury attorney near you if you cannot locate one.

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