The CDC states that a TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury). Most TBIs that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions. Traumatic brain injury can result in a many symptoms and a comprehensive examination is necessary in order to determine your best course of treatment.
How can physical therapy help?
A member of our team will work collaboratively with the patient, family, and other health care providers to develop goals and an individualized treatment plan to address the challenges and functional limitations associated with the injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, the patient’s level of consciousness, and the problems the patient has the treatment plan will vary widely. Overall, treatment will be focused on maximizing functional independence.