Brain injury, whether from TBI or stroke, is a complex condition with a wide range of injury severity and and variable outcomes. So, when a patient or caregiver asks, “How long will recovery take?” the answer really depends on cause of the injury, location, severity and the general health of the patient. The one thing the answer will not be is “six months” or “one year” “and at that point that’s as good as it gets.” These answers are what many medical providers used to give in the past, but published research has since proven that brain injury and stroke survivors can push past a supposed “progress plateau” and improve with effective and continuous brain rehabilitation—even years after the initial event. This post addresses the myth of the brain injury plateau and provides tips for getting past it, because…you can!
1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and currently more than 5.3 million people are living with disabilities caused by TBI. When you’ve had an injury to the brain, basic brain functions can be affected, making things that used to be second nature, like speech, memory, reading, writing and attention, difficult. With the holidays approaching, and travel to see loved ones on the schedule, you might be wondering how to navigate the formerly second-nature aspects of travel like trip-planning, driving, and flying. In this post, we provide helpful tips to make holiday travel a little easier.
November 11th is Veterans Day - a time to honor those who serve in our nation's military. This year, we're bringing awareness to a major issue faced by many returning veterans - Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. The statistics are staggering - more than 380,000 vets have been diagnosed with TBI since 2001. Research on the topic has shown that there are differences between the way that brain injury is experienced by those in the military vs. those in civilian life. This article will explore those differences, and provide suggestions to help family members care for veterans with head injury.
Anyone who has had a brain injury understands what is meant when brain injuries are called “invisible injuries.” You look the same, and everything on the surface seems normal, but underneath everything has changed. Survivors have described this as “feeling like they are wearing a mask”—that what’s on the outside doesn’t always reflect the struggle on the inside. This post explores the impact of having an invisible injury like a brain injury, and what survivors can do to unmask their injury.
In medical terms, a Traumatic Brain Injury (aka TBI) is a “non-degenerative, non-congenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions.” [Medscape, Dr. Segun Toyin Dawodu, JD, MD, MS, MBA, LLM).
When a person experiences brain injury, their life changes forever. They have experienced a traumatic and horrific experience already, and now must deal with the aftermath. Persons with brain injuries deserve every bit of help and respect we can give, and one of the best ways to give that is to learn more about brain injuries.
We evaluated online resources available for brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Here is the best information on prognosis, brain injury treatment, research, therapy options, clinical trials, and caregiver tips.
There are many more people than we realize living every day with some kind of brain injury, from mild to severe. Sometimes you can't tell from the outside; but rest assured, their lives have changed drastically, and they are working very hard to function in our incredibly complex world.
You've had a brain injury or stroke and certain things in your daily life are affected, but not everything. You know your injury was on the right side of your brain. So, why are you having trouble with actions on the left side of your body? Here's a quick explanation of which side of the brain is responsible for what types of thoughts, emotions, and actions. You might be surprised!