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Brain injury classification (types)

All brain injuries are divided into categories and types, based on the following differentiation:

  1. Before birth injury or disorder

Injury to the brain, which is hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.

2. Acquired brain injury (ABI)

This is a type of brain injury, which is NOT hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. It can be divided into three categories:

a) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force.

Examples of a TBI causes include:

  • falls
  • assaults
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • sports injuries

b) Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI or MBI)

A mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is defined as the result of the forceful motion of the head or impact causing a brief change in mental status (shorter than 30 minutes). Other names for mild TBI include: concussion, minor head trauma, minor TBI, minor brain injury, or minor head injury.

c) Non-Traumatic Injury

This category includes other types of brain injury. They are not caused by trauma, but by conditions, such as these:

  • stroke
  • near drowning
  • aneurysm
  • tumor
  • infectious disease that affects the brain (i.e., meningitis)
  • lack of oxygen supply to the brain (i.e., heart attack)

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Common Symptoms of TBI or MTBI

In order to avoid missing the occurrence of TBI or MTBI, we should observe our bodies after an injury, and ask our loved ones to do that for us too. Sometimes it is hard for us to notice behavioral or cognitive changes – so it is always a good idea to ask for help. The most common symptoms of TBI include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Memory loss
  • Poor attention/concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Irritability-emotional disturbances
  • Feelings of depression
  • Seizures

 

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Problems with the diagnosis

The biggest problem with mild TBI is that the symptoms may not be noticed, or even present when the injury initially occurs. In the beginning, everything seems ok, a patient assumes daily activities as if nothing happened. Symptoms can appear as long as a week after the injury. They are often subtle and difficult to spot by the patient and the family – or even doctors

That’s why it is important to pay attention to any changes in behavior, thinking, or performance of daily tasks at home or at work. If you observe changes – seek medical help.  

Treatment

A variety of treatments are available to support recovery from the physical, emotional, and cognitive problems TBI may induce. The type and extent of treatment used depends on the severity of the injury and its specific location in the brain.

 

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Therapies can help someone with TBI with relearning the everyday skills, such as, walking or cooking, and with developing strategies for self-care, such as, making lists of the steps involved in getting dressed. Rehabilitation can include several different kinds of therapy for physical, emotional, and cognitive difficulties. Depending on the injury, these treatments may be needed only briefly after the injury, occasionally throughout a person’s life, or on an ongoing basis.

If you or your loved one have had the misfortune of sustaining TBI or MTBI, you’ve probably been through planning all possible rehabilitation options. And with your doctor’s recommendation, you surely have started searching for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation centers in Florida or even traumatic brain injury long-term care facility. That’s how you found us!

You already know that NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the largest and best brain injury rehabilitation centers in the Southeast with specialized catastrophic rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries.

NeuLife Rehabilitation – a brain injury facility, where miracles happen every day.

Our programs are customized to meet the individual needs of each patient. And our care plans are structured to promote the highest level of functional independence and successful community re-integration. Our traumatic brain injury rehabilitation includes (but is not limited to):

  • Physical therapy (rehabilitation) 
  • Occupational therapy (rehabilitation) 
  • Speech therapy (rehabilitation) 
  • Psychological counseling (rehabilitation) 
  • Vocational counseling
  • Cognitive therapy (rehabilitation) 

Through the skills and experience of our highly trained team of clinical experts, we are able to treat a wide range of diagnoses and injuries at our brain injury center.

If you have any more questions concerning TBI rehabilitation or any other issue regarding brain trauma, call us to make an appointment today. You can also schedule a tour to visit our traumatic brain injury long term care facility.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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