Having a mild TBI can change the way you feel, act, move, and think. Even though you
may look fine, a mild TBI can have a big impact on many areas of your life. A mild
TBI can cause headaches, fatigue, memory problems, mood swings, and inability to focus
Treatment for mild TBI may be
different, depending on symptoms and other unrelated medical issues; therefore, no
TBIs are the same. You may need to work with a TBI team. This is a group of healthcare
providers who help people recover from TBI. For example, you might work with a physical
therapist to help with your balance and movement problems. Or you might work with
occupational therapist to help you function better at home and at work. Other medical
experts such as neuropsychologists may help you with emotional and thinking
In some cases, your doctor may use medicine to ease symptoms while you recover. These
may include pain relievers, antidepressants, antianxiety medicine, sleep aids, and
muscle relaxants. Although medicines can help, they are not a main part of treatment.
You should not take any medicines unless discussed and approved by your healthcare
provider. Things that you can do for yourself are usually as important as the medicines
you are prescribed. This part of your treatment is called self-management.