Early treatment and collaboration of the patient and his environment are key to the rehabilitation of brain damage after an accident
Among the most severe injuries in traffic accidents is the head trauma that can cause cerebral hemorrhages in different areas and, therefore, functional and cognitive alterations in people. The key to success in the treatment of this type of injuries lies in the precocity and intensity of treatment, in addition to having a multidisciplinary team and the collaboration of the patient and their family environment, as stated by Dr. Mirko Alavena, specialist in Neurology and coordinator of Neurorrehabilitation Unit of Quirónsalud Torrevieja.
As Dr. Alavena explains, "experience shows us that it is important to start treatment as soon as possible, with an intensive therapy where the entire team of professionals works with the same goal of recovery." The collaboration of the patient and the families also plays a role According to our experience, almost half of the success of the rehabilitation of acquired brain damage depends on their active participation in the therapy. "
Multidisciplinary and personalized treatment
The most effective therapies for the rehabilitation of brain damage after a traffic accident are based on multidisciplinary work, that is, a team of several professionals working with a common goal of recovery: from the rehabilitation doctor, the neurologist, the psychiatrist, neurological physiotherapists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, speech therapists and social workers. "Each patient", explains the neurorehabiliter, "must have an intensive and individualized daily plan of an average duration of forty-five minutes each, both in hospitalization and outpatient, with the aim of recovering the damaged functions, enhancing the that are reserved and adapt the limitations that may arise from brain damage. "
This type of therapies are long lasting with an average hospital stay of 2 to 3 months and continue with outpatient rehabilitation. "The important thing is that families know that in the face of a brain injury there are alternatives to recover autonomy, we have cases with 100% recovery and others in which we have managed to return to daily life with great independence. It is important to resort to patient associations and hospital centers such as Quirónsalud Torrevieja, where the patient can count on support and advice without commitment, "says Dr. Alavena.
Quirónsalud Torrevieja, center of reference in Alicante
Health care for head injuries caused in a traffic accident is not included in the catalog of benefits of the Public Health System, since there is a third party obliged to pay (the insurance company or the owner of the vehicle guilty of the accident, if not is secured). This circumstance offers the right to choose the hospital center and the doctors for the treatment of the injured
The recent adhesion to the agreement with UNESPA makes the Hospital Quirónsalud de Torrevieja the only reference center in the province of Alicante for insurers after suffering a traffic accident. In addition to solving all administrative procedures, the center has one of the most advanced Neurorrehabitation services in the province for the care of patients with brain damage.