Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are common and at-risk individuals or individuals partaking in risky activities should take proper precautions not to sustain one. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain* Each year in the United States, an estimated 2.8 million people sustain a TBI and More than 56,000 people die every year as a result of TBI.* What is more devastating is that around 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living because of TBI’s.
Please remember Injuries and severity can vary but, in most cases, therapy will be needed. You may not know you have one. If you sustain a blow to the head, please use your discretion. Help might be needed. Therapy should provide Improvements. However usually it takes “time” to heal with therapy. You must be patient. Below is a list of therapists that might be needed. Keep in mind that every case is different, and all therapies may or may not be needed either.
- Occupational therapist, who helps the person learn, relearn or improve skills to perform everyday activities
- Physical therapist, who helps with mobility and relearning movement patterns, balance and walking
- Speech and language therapist, who helps the person improve communication skills and use assistive communication devices if necessary
- Neuropsychologist, who assesses cognitive impairment and performance, helps the person manage behaviors or learn coping strategies, and provides psychotherapy as needed for emotional and psychological well-being
Unfortunately, this type of injury can happen to anyone at any time. No one is immune. However, with the proper education about this injury and with taking proper precautions TBI’s can be significantly reduced. Please remember to be patient with yourself or a loved one. Usually, improvements do not occur overnight.