Traumatic brain injuries include symptoms that cause a range of disabilities and impairments.
Traumatic brain injuries bring physical, mental, and emotional challenges that often have a devastating impact on the patients and their families.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury can be caused by trauma like a violent impact or an object piercing the skull and entering the brain. Brain injuries can be caused by car crashes, falls, violence, or sports.
A concussion is a minor form of traumatic brain injury that causes temporary brain cell dysfunction, resulting in dizziness, memory, sensory, and concentration problems.
More severe injuries can cause bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other damage in the brain. The results of these injuries can include behavioral issues, emotional issues, seizures, infections, nerve damage, altered consciousness, loss of coordination, loss of bodily functions, and cognitive and communication problems.
Minor traumatic brain injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, dizziness, impaired balance, memory and concentration issues, headaches, sleep and mood changes, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Moderate and severe injuries can cause symptoms including a deep state of confusion, agitation, slurred speech, convulsions, pupil dilation and loss of coordination. Loss of bodily functions, worsening headaches and episodes of nausea and vomiting may also result.
When treating a traumatic brain injury it is important to ensure that enough oxygen is being supplied to the brain and body. Blood pressure management and adequate blood flow are also essential.
Rehabilitation is vital for a good recovery. Psychiatrists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists often work with patients to ensure the best possible outcome.
Psychiatrists and social workers also collaborate with the medical teams and family members regarding behavioral changes and coping strategies. Maintaining proper nutrition and avoiding ulcers are often problems for patients with traumatic brain injuries.
HealthNow Home Healthcare works with physicians to create treatment plans to help patients recover from traumatic brain injuries. Our skilled staff of certified therapists and nurses will ensure proper post-surgical care and physical and mental rehabilitation in the comfort of your own home.
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