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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

When a sudden injury causes damage to your brain, this is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are two types of TBIs:

  • Closed Head Injury
    A closed head injury (CHI) is when your head receives impact or injury but the skull is not penetrated. A very common outcome of a CHI is a concussion.
  • Penetrating Head Injury
    A penetrating head injury is when impact or injury to the head allows penetration through the skull and directly to the brain.

The area of the brain in which the damage occurs will directly affect the outcomes and symptoms one may experience. The level of intensity of the impact can also dictate whether the TBI is mild or severe.

What Are the Main Causes of a Head Injury?

There are many ways someone could suffer a head injury that damages the brain, but one of the leading reasons is falling. This could be a fall down the stairs or off a motorcycle, which could cause accidental blunt force trauma. Other causes of TBIs include:

  • Car accidents
  • Physical assault
  • Being hit by a falling object
  • Self-inflicted harm

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a TBI?

A brain injury can affect your cognitive thinking, memory, physical mobility, emotional state, and even your sleep. It’s important to understand how the injury has affected you so you can receive proper rehabilitative care after the damage has been treated. This is an important step in the recovery process. There are many symptoms that may arise including:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred or low vision
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Onset of confusion
  • Loss of memory or amnesia
  • Balance and vestibular complications
  • Loss of coordination
  • Change in mood or personality
  • Loss of sensory functionality
  • Increased anxiety or nervousness
  • Convulsions, spasms, or seizures
  • Slurred speech or dysarthria
  • Trouble swallowing or dysphagia
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep

It’s important to note that these symptoms can happen shortly after the injury or even days or months down the road. Our rehabilitation specialists are here to help with any or all of these symptoms.

Whether you’re receiving care at our inpatient rehab hospital, Sheltering Arms Institute, or being referred to one of our many outpatient recovery centers, we can help you find the Power to Overcome your injury!

How Can Physical Rehab Help You Recover From a TBI?

Brain injury can affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally, which is why it’s important to trust in someone who will guide you through recovery along the entire continuum of care. At Sheltering Arms, we are confident that our team of therapists, physicians, exercise physiologists, and nurses have the combined knowledge and experience to help you through this challenging time.

After a thorough TBI evaluation, we will be able to devise a therapy program catered to your personal needs. The most common therapies used by our TBI patients are:

  • Physical therapy
    A physical therapist will work with you on muscle strength, balance, reflex, and flexibility.
  • Occupational therapy
    An occupational therapist will help with re-training you for essential activities such as grooming, bathing, dressing, and using the restroom.
  • Speech and language therapy
    A speech-language pathologist will also address any swallowing and speech issues you may be experiencing.

Learn more about brain injury at The Brain Injury Association of America Website.

Make an Appointment with a Brain Injury Specialist or Ask a Question

If you have any questions about our traumatic brain injury rehabilitation programs or would like to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, contact us below or give us a call at 804-764-1000.

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