In our blog, we discuss traumatic brain injuries and the ways in which our physical therapy team at Crawl Walk Jump Run can help minimize some of the effects that one may experience as a result.
What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a result from an outside force such as a jolt or blow to the head. The severity of a TBI ranges from mild which is most commonly referred to as a concussion to moderate to severe that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
What are the potential effects of a severe Traumatic Brain Injury?
Those who experience more severe Traumatic brain injuries are more likely to have long lasting effects from their injury. A TBI may lead to various short or long term issues that hinder a persons:
- Cognitive Function (attention and memory)
- Motor Function (extremity weakness, impaired coordination, and balance)
- Sensation (hearing, vision, impaired perception, and touch)
- Behavior (emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, aggression, impairments in behavioral control, personality changes)
Due to these lasting effects, it unfortunately can affect an individual’s life including relationships with friends and family, the ability to progress at school or work, doing household tasks, driving or participating in other daily activities.
How can physical therapy help treat a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Our main goal in physical therapy is to minimize and overcome the lasting effects related to the brain injury, restoring function and confidence back into each patient we treat. We start from the basics such as assisting and teaching how to transfer safely when the patient cannot walk alone.
We also work on gait training, improve coordination and balance, reduce spasticity as well as pain management. Each treatment is personalized to the patient’s specific needs.
Why Choose Crawl Walk Jump Run Therapy Clinic?
Something that sets Crawl Walk Jump Run apart from other therapy clinics is the equipment we have. We do each session in a Universal Exercise Unit or UEU. If you come in as a new patient, it could be intimidating – however, the cage is a “unique pulley and suspension system that fully supports the patient, which allows us as the therapist to set up a variety of exercises and activities while freeing up the therapists hands for manual facilitation.” The UEU allows us to look at the whole person which allows us to achieve maximum results.
If you or someone you love is in need of occupational, physical, or speech therapy, please call our office at 586-323-2957 to schedule a FREE 30 minute screening.
Written by: Brianne Glombowski, PTA