Traumatic Brain Injury
Welcome to the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic of Naval Medical Center San Diego.
The TBI Clinic provides interdisciplinary, symptom-based, focused care for service members who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Evidence-based diagnosis and treatment is guided by the VA and DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) for the Management of Concussion-mild Traumatic Brain Injury (February 2016), Joint Commission, BUMED, and NMCSD.
TBl is a common injury sustained during military operations. Service members may additionally sustain a TBI from events occurring during training, routine operations, and in off-duty and recreational settings. TBIs can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or penetrating. The majority of TBI cases are considered mild (mTBl), also known as a concussion. Individuals that sustain a concussion, or mTBI, typically recover fully, without long-lasting effects. Early assessment, appropriate individualized treatment planning, education of recovery expectations, and sometimes case management are all essential elements in recovery.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. It may knock you out briefly or for an extended period of time, or make you feel confused or “see stars”; this is called an alteration of consciousness.
A TBI can be classified as mild, moderate, severe or penetrating. The severity is determined at the time of injury. The most common form of TBI in the military is mild. You have likely heard of a concussion. The term concussion is synonymous with mild TBI. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI.
Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program brings together a comprehensive team of specialists to address care from a number of professional perspectives. Depending on an individual’s presentation, he or she may see a few or even several of these specialists. The interdisciplinary team meets regularly to discuss the plan of care and the progress that the participant is making toward mutually developed goals.