Medical Providers

Case Management

For service members with TBI, ongoing therapy can be disrupted by changes of duty station, deployments, or transitioning to veteran status. Case managers ensure care remains as consistent as possible. more ›

Current Research

Scientists have learned more about the brain in the last decade or two than ever before, and the amount of research continues to grow. Browse our collection of current studies and publications. more ›

Online Education

We offer online education for both civilian and military providers to learn about brain injury. All are free of charge, and some allow providers to obtain continuing education credits. more ›

DVBIC releases timely information papers for medical providers on topics of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) health care outcomes and for researchers on topics of TBI research.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason W. Edwards)

DVBIC expanded its online educational resources to include interactive webinars and self-guided courses. These educational opportunities are designed for civilian providers who treat service members returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please join us for the DVBIC Webinar Series.

 

 

Dr. Mark Trawinski, Screaming Eagle Medical Home medical director at Fort Campbell, Ky., provides care to Patrice Hergert. (U.S. Army Photo) (U.S. Army Photo)Medical providers who want to take a self-guided course on how to identify and treat mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, in the military population can complete an online course at BrainLineMilitary.org, a website created in collaboration with Washington's flagship public broadcasting station, WETA TV-FM. Our second online course addressing co-occurring conditions will help you identify and treat co-occurring conditions common in deployment-related concussion — specifically problems with sleep, mood, headaches, attention and memory.

Traumatic brain injury is a complex condition that can affect multiple aspects of physical, cognitive and behavioral functions. A wide range of medical specialties may be involved with the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of TBI patients, particularly in cases of severe TBI. These specialties can include, but are not limited to, audiology, ophthalmology, neurology, physical therapy, psychology, psychiatry, endocrinology, speech and language pathology and occupational therapy. Often, a multidisciplinary team is assembled to provide comprehensive care. In addition to specialty providers, primary care providers are integral in the identification and treatment of service members with TBI. The signs of traumatic brain injury are often difficult to recognize and easy to overlook after a traumatic event.

Health care providers can make a significant difference in the life of someone with TBI by working to understand the strategies which are used to identify and treat it. Service members and veterans with TBI are a unique population because they may have experienced circumstances that further complicate their clinical picture. These circumstances include multiple deployments, prolonged periods of stress, chronic pain, and separation from family and friends.

Healthcare providers may refer TBI patients, their family members and caregivers to DVBIC’s TBI Recovery Support Program, which provides support and information for up to 24 months as patients enter the rehabilitation stage of care, return to duty or transition to civilian life.

The resources provided in this section address concerns specific to TBI identification, assessment, treatment and care of the military and veteran populations.

Explore Topics

Go to About TBI page

Nearly 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year in America, though most recover quickly and completely.

Go to TBI Awareness and Prevention page

Not all brain injuries are preventable, but there are ways to reduce the possibility of sustaining one like always wearing a seatbelt and wearing the right helmet for each sport.

Go to Diagnosis and Assessment page

Brain injury is notoriously difficult to diagnose, but tools like MRIs, health histories, and neuropsychological evaluations can reveal a lot.

Go to Treatment and Recovery page

Most people who experience brain injury will recover quickly and with no long-term effects. For those with ongoing symptoms, treatments can range from simple rest to complex therapies.

Go to Caregiving page

When a loved one sustains a traumatic brain injury, especially a moderate to severe injury, becoming a caregiver can happen suddenly. Without warning, life for the whole family can change.

Go to Symptom Management page

A brain injury can affect a person physically and psychologically, and sometimes the symptoms — like memory problems or emotional and behavioral changes — don't appear immediately.

Go to Life After TBI page

For most people who experience a brain injury, life will return to a similar pace. But for many others, a TBI may mean months, years or even a lifetime full of changes.