There are several potential causes of injury to humans. Injuries are common across the state of Texas due to several causes, including automobile accidents, falls, and even crimes. Not every injury results in […]
Traumatic brain injuries are quite complex and can lead to serious disabilities. There is no one symptom that is the same for every person, not even those who may have developed a TBI for similar reasons. The quality of treatment for these types of injuries has been greatly improved, but effective early treatment is still the best hope for success.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a somewhat-common injury, but may be missed in its early stages while the medical team focuses on life-saving measures. At one time, the mortality rate for individuals with TBI was very high, but medical advances (such as respirators) and the ability to decrease intracranial pressure have dramatically improved those odds. In spite of these advancements, there are still substantial negative effects from a TBI.
TBIs can be broken down into two categories:
Individuals who suffer from severe brain injuries may remain in unresponsive states for quite some time. Many people require long-term rehabilitation in order to maximize their ability to function and work toward functional independence.
There are several different causes of traumatic brain injuries, including car accidents, falls, concussions, and other types of head injuries. Those at the highest risk for TBI are the elderly and young adults. There is no "cure" for TBI, but the best approach is to seek appropriate treatment through a reputable rehab facility or doctor.
When a patient with a TBI begins the rehabilitation process, the goal is to:
The patient will receive therapy every day, and may require the assistance of staff for even simple tasks such as brushing teeth, eating, and getting up. Staff may also need to monitor the patient for safety reasons. The rehabilitation will consist of both a physical therapist and an occupational therapist.
The amount of improvement the patient makes depends on the severity of the injuries. Some patients make a nearly full recovery while others require modifications to their homes in order to resume some measure of a normal life.
Along with a team of researchers, Dr. Robert Rennaker (the head of Bioengineering at UT Dallas) has developed two new tools to assist victims of brain injuries called Targeted Plasticity Therapy. This type of therapy focuses on stimulating a damaged brain's functions using eye-scanning goggles to detect efficiency, as well as an implantable microchip that helps with regaining memory. While this type of therapy may not be available just yet, Rennaker said he's hoping for full FDA approval on the two devices in 2017.
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