Traumatic Brain Injury
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A TBI is a form of brain injury caused by sudden damage to the brain. Injuries can be open- or closed- head injuries. The most common causes for brain injuries include falls, motor vehicle accidents, and violent assaults. A wide variety of deficits occur from TBIs, including physical, sensory, cognitive-communication, swallowing, and behavioral. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NIDS), Milder symptoms of TBI include:
headaches, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking. Treatment for brain injuries can sometimes include family members, friends, or others who support the individual with a TBI.
Occupational Therapy For Brain Injuries
Occupational Therapy for TBI: Patients with any type of damage and severity level can be seen by an occupational therapist. The focus of the treatment sessions will vary depending on deficits. Skills worked on can include attention, reasoning, problem solving, executive functioning, memory, swallowing, and language.
If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury, don’t wait! Contact our team of specialists at Eastside Sports Rehabilitation Clinic in Bellevue, WA today to get your treatment started.