Can Complementary Therapies Help Me With My Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury can cause problems with movement, cognition, emotions, and behaviour. After a motor vehicle accident, a person who has suffered a brain injury may experience a range of difficulties such as trouble with balance, walking, or swallowing; impaired concentration, thinking skills, and memory; and depression, anxiety, or issues with controlling emotions. Recovery from a traumatic brain injury caused by a motor vehicle accident can take weeks or months – or for some, it can be a lifelong process.

Rehabilitation and recovery following a brain injury

Regardless of the severity, the goal is to get a brain-injured accident victim back, as much as possible, to the person they were before the car accident. Early intervention and an effective rehabilitation plan are essential to maximizing recovery. There are a wide range of rehabilitative care and treatment options and it is generally the case that a person who has suffered a brain injury will fare best with a combination of approaches. Depending on the accident victim’s needs, the treatment plan may require an integrated model of care that includes both medical treatment and complementary therapies.

What are complementary therapies?

The term “complementary” refers to two or more parts that come together to make a better whole. In the healthcare context, complementary therapy refers to the wide variety of treatments or practices that may be used in combination with standard or “traditional” medical treatment. Complementary therapies are frequently used along with care from a medical doctor to treat symptoms and help a person recover from injuries. Examples of complementary therapy include massage therapy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, osteopathy, and biofeedback. An individual who suffered a brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident may do best with a combination of approaches to treat their symptoms and maximize recovery and should consult with a professional who specializes in traumatic brain injuries to design a treatment plan. For example, a treatment plan may involve regular GP appointments, medication, exercise, chiropractic care, vestibular therapy, and sessions with a counsellor or psychologist.

How complementary therapies factor into an ICBC injury claim

Recovery following a brain injury is possible, but many accident victims will face life-long challenges that require them to adapt and adjust to a new reality. Whether the accident caused a “mild” brain injury (e.g., a concussion)  a moderate brain injury, or a severe brain injury, early intervention and a comprehensive treatment plan are critical to maximizing recovery. Rehabilitation, retraining, complementary therapies and other supports may be necessary for the brain injured individual. This factors into an ICBC car accident claim in three significant ways: first, you need funding for rehabilitation; second, you should not settle your ICBC claim until you have received proper treatment and achieved maximum medical recovery; and third, you must ensure that you receive compensation to cover the costs of treatment you will need in the future. If you or a loved one has an ICBC brain injury claim, contact the experienced lawyers at Simpson, Thomas & Associates to request a free consultation. As a legal firm with 50 years of experience in personal injury, we work to ensure clients get the best medical and rehabilitation support and full compensation. To learn more, call us today at (604) 689-888.


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