The Brain Injury Association of America uses the month of March to raise awareness of brain injury.
At least 5.3 million Americans live with traumatic brain injury disabilities. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) vary in severity and the resulting effects can be equally diverse. A mild brain injury may result in a temporary lack of consciousness, while more severe injuries can cause short or long-term problems with independent function.
There are many causes of TBI:
- Falls 40.5%
- Struck by or against – 15.5%
- Motor vehicle – 14.3%
- Assaults – 10.75
- Unknown – 19%
Just as injuries can vary greatly, so can the impact they have on individuals and their families. Following a traumatic brain injury, the entire rehabilitation team plays an important role in helping you regain your abilities and independence to the greatest level possible.
A physical therapist will work with you on muscle strength and flexibility, while an occupational therapist will help with essential activities, such as grooming, bathing, dressing and using the bathroom. A speech-language pathologist will evaluate your abilities to express yourself and understand others. When necessary, a speech-language pathologist will also address swallowing issues.
Medical psychology can be very beneficial following a brain injury, helping with behavior and emotional adjustment. In the hospital setting, physicians, nurses and case managers oversee the rehabilitation process, ensuring medical stability and coordinated care, and making recommendations for next steps following inpatient rehabilitation.
Though brain injuries may have lasting effects, the clinical team at Sheltering Arms has the advanced training and best equipment available in rehabilitation to help you and your family find the power to overcome.
To talk with someone about your needs and about the services available for you at Sheltering Arms, call (877) 56-REHAB.
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