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Who treats traumatic brain and spinal injury in children?

In the more severe cases of traumatic brain and spinal injury a neurosurgeon is the first doctor involved in care. The neurosurgeon will help determine if there is life threatening swelling or bleeding in the brain or injury to the spinal cord that needs to be addressed surgically. In more mild to moderate cases, or after a neurosurgeon has cleared a patient, usually a pediatric neurologist will help treat patients with traumatic brain and spinal injury. Neurologists can help identify areas of deficit and monitor for resolution of symptoms. Neurologists can also help treat the symptoms of concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI) including headaches, vision problems and attention problems. It is also possible a patient will need additional therapy to help with balance, focal weakness or changes in sensation which can be helped by doctors specially trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as physical therapists. Lastly, if there are ongoing issues with depression or anxiety psychiatrists and psychologists can be very helpful.

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