Rehabilitation of moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury

Blessen C. Eapen, Derrick B. Allred, Justin O'Rourke, David X. Cifu

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force. Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of morbidity and disability and is considered a major public health concern. Traumatic brain injury sequelae can lead to long-term impairments in physical, cognitive, behavioral, and social function. Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation requires an interdisciplinary holistic team approach in the management of medical complications, the prevention of further disability, and helping patients return to their highest level of independence. The authors review TBI pathophysiology, grading severity, common medical complications, cognitive rehabilitation, prognosis, and common outcomes used in TBI rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1-e13
JournalSeminars in Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2015


  • cognitive rehab
  • disability
  • rehabilitation
  • severe brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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