Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Are you at risk?

Brain injury is incredibly common in the United States, with a staggering 2.8 million Americans sustaining TBI annually – and TBI is just one category of brain injury. However, most TBIs experienced are mild, commonly called concussions. Additionally, nearly 90% of people affected by TBI are treated and released from an emergency department. What happens then? If the patient is still showing TBI symptoms – emotional, physical, or cognitive – they should reach out to our rehabilitation center. At NeuLife, our TBI rehabilitation programs are designed to promote recovery to the highest level of functional independence and successful community reintegration.

Now that you know how prevalent TBI is in the US, let us go deeper into what TBI actually is.

TBI explained

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is just a subgroup of brain injury. Generally, brain injury is categorized as pre birth or acquired. The former refers to an injury, which is hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or introduced by birth trauma. Whereas, acquired brain injury (ABI) appears after birth, commonly due to external factors. ABI can then be divided into three different types:

    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): alteration in brain function, or brain pathology, caused by an external force.
    • Mild TBI (MTBI): a brief change in mental status following a forceful head motion, or impact. Also known as, concussion, minor head trauma, minor TBI, minor brain injury, or minor head injury.
  • Non-traumatic: brain injuries not caused by external trauma, but by conditions. These include strokes, aneurysms, and tumors.

 

Physicians specialized in brain injury can provide effective and comfortable brain injury rehab to patients suffering from all types and severities of brain injury.

Risk factors

TBI is sustained as a result of external trauma, such as a fall or motor vehicle accident. However, as the CDC explains, certain societal groups are most at risk. According to the data from 2014, the factor that makes you most at risk of sustaining TBI is your age. Also, people in different age groups are at the highest risk of sustaining a different type of TBI.

They found that the highest rate of deaths, hospitalizations, and ED visits was experienced by persons 75 years of age and older – ED visit rates were also highest for children 0-4 years old.

Overall, falls are the leading cause of TBI-related death, hospitalization and ED visits. Adults 55 years of age and older are at the highest risk across all severity levels. However, children aged 0 to 4, and 0 to 17 were also at the highest risk of TBI-related ED visits, and hospitalizations, respectively.

As we age, we are exposed to different environments and our lifestyles change. Therefore, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for persons 15-34 and older adults aged ≥75 years, and of hospitalization for persons aged 15 to 44 years of age. Whereas, children aged 5 to 14 years old experienced the most TBI-related ED visits due to being struck by, or against an object.

Remember, if you need assistance and support with recovering from TBI, regardless of the severity level, contact our TBI rehabilitation center. We are experts in providing physical, emotional and psychological treatments to make your everyday activities easier and more fulfilling.

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Learn more about our Brain Injury Rehab!

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the LARGEST residential brain injury rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast with specialized rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation. Our skilled clinical experts work with each patient individually to create a customized rehabilitation program best suited to the patient’s needs.

Every day we work with the goal of providing our patients with the highest quality of care. We believe that healing, wellness, and personal fulfillment are best accomplished in a positive and uplifting therapeutic environment where staff encourage, assist, and support all of their patients. And that is what we do!

To learn more about our facility, our staff and our work contact us, or schedule a tour! You can call us at 800-626-3876, or send us an email on info@neuliferehab.com. Find us at 2725 Robie Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

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 providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

What makes us the best at brain injury rehabilitation

Brain injuries are incredibly common in the United States and they can be differentiated by their origin into two categories: before birth injury, and acquired brain injury (ABI). ABI is further divided into 3 groups: traumatic (TBI), mild-traumatic, and non-traumatic. In the United States alone the number of TBI- related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53% between 2006 and 2014.

Survivors of brain injury can face adverse effects that last a few days, or for the rest of their lives. These effects can include impairments to cognitive abilities, memory, movement, sensation, or emotional functioning. And they affect the impaired person’s friends and family. However, do not worry! At our brain injury facility we provide a variety of treatments to support our patients’ path to recovery. Now, let me run you through what it is that our rehabilitation centers offer that you won’t find anywhere else!

Why choose us?

Our staff

We can confidently say that we are one of the best brain injury rehabilitation centers because of our fantastic staff. We have collectively OVER 200 YEARS of clinical rehabilitation experience.  But it is not only our experience, nor the certifications that make us stand out. Every member of our staff is dedicated to their roles in promoting healing, wellness and personal fulfillment to our patients and their loved ones. And we know that it is best achieved in a positive and uplifting environment, filled with encouragement, support, and assistance. To read more about our team, click here.

Our programs

The goals of brain injury rehabilitation are to improve the patients’ capacity to function at home and in society and assist their loved ones in caring for the patient. In 1998 the Consensus Development Panel from the Consensus Development Conference on Rehabilitation of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury suggested for brain injury rehabilitation programs to:

  • Be based on the patient’s strong points and abilities
  • Continuously adapt to the patient’s changing needs
  • Bring together the expertise of many specialists

And our programs do that, and more! We design our programs in a way that will give our patients attainable and sustainable outcomes. This is one of our strengths as our programs have been nationally recognized by multiple organizations. Take for instance our Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accredited Residential Rehabilitation Program and Brain Specialty Program.

Our facility

The NeuLife Rehabilitation facility is one of the largest brain injury centers in the Southeast, situated on 43 rolling acres of rural land in Florida. Our brain injury facility does not feel like other conventional residential rehab facility thanks to its home-like atmosphere. We embrace the belief that by creating a comfortable environment for our brain injury rehabilitation program patients, we allow them to focus on their journey of healing and achieving their recovery goals. Located in the beautiful landscape of Mount Dora in Florida, our modern facility contains 54 private suites with access to spacious common areas and facilities, such as:

  • Full-service kitchen with a professional chef on board
  • Theater and non-denominational chapel
  • Kitchen and laundry room for skills retraining
  • Arts and crafts room to be creative and work on fine motor skills
  • Accessible NeuLife van for seated/wheelchair transport
  • Virtual Reality rehabilitation room using the Nintendo Wii® gaming system

To find out more about what our facility has to offer, visit Our Facility – Brain Injury Facility page.

Learn more about our Best Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center!

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the LARGEST residential brain injury rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast with specialized rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation. Our skilled clinical experts work with each patient individually to create a customized rehabilitation program best suited to the patient’s needs.

Every day we work with the goal of providing our patients with the highest quality of care. We believe that healing, wellness, and personal fulfillment are best accomplished in a positive and uplifting therapeutic environment where staff encourage, assist, and support all of their patients. And that is what we do!

To learn more about our facility, our staff and our work contact us, or schedule a tour! You can call us at 800-626-3876, or send us an email on info@neuliferehab.com. Find us at 2725 Robie Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

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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 providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

About our Post Acute Rehabilitation Services

We live in a world where accidents are inevitable. Some smaller accidents happen every day – a paper cut, walking into a cabinet, dropping something, and their consequences are very petite. However, some people experience severe accidents in their lives that can flip their everyday upside down and cause tremendous health issues. For instance, vehicle accidents and sports injuries can lead to acute injuries, injuries that occur suddenly as a result of intense trauma, impact or torsion. A band aid for these kinds of injuries is not enough. People affected by those must be immediately transported to an acute care facility, where their condition will be managed to a point where it is relatively stable.

What happens next? This is where our fantastic post acute rehab programs come in! Our rehab center is perfectly designed to help people recover from an acute injury. Now, let us explain to you in more detail what it is that our amazing multi-speciality staff do.

What is post acute rehabilitation?

Acute injuries are those that are caused suddenly as a result of an intense trauma, impact, or torsion. The most common causes of acute injuries are sports and motor vehicle accidents. Acute injuries range all the way from broken bones and sprains, to brain injuries, spine injuries, strokes and neurological disorders.

Therefore, post acute rehab refers to the medical treatment program aimed at returning acute injury patients back to, or as close to as possible, to their pre-injury state. The term “post acute” implies that the patient was discharged from an acute care hospital, or facility. This is the situation more than 10 million Americans find themselves in each year.

The services offered by our post acute rehab program are customised to the needs of the individual patients as each injury and each patient differ. Some patients whom enter our rehabilitation center receive acute care as they come here instead of a hospital.

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What services do we offer?

Our NeuLife Rehabilitation clinic specializes in post acute rehabilitation programs for catastrophic injuries, which means we do not often deal solely with common everyday acute injuries like sprains, or muscle tears. Our residential facility is perfect for patients dealing with severe neurological trauma. We offer our services in two types of programs – your doctor will decide which program you belong to depending on your circumstances:

Learn more about Post Acute Rehabilitation at NeuLife Rehab

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the LARGEST residential post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast with specialized rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation. Our skilled clinical experts work with each patient individually to create a customized rehabilitation program best suited to the patient’s needs. Everyday we work with the goal of providing our patients with the highest quality of care. We believe that healing, wellness and personal fulfillment are best accomplished in a positive and uplifting therapeutic environment where staff encourage, assist, and support all of their patients. And that is what we do!

To learn more about our facility, our staff and our work contact us, or schedule a tour! You can call us at 800-626-3876, or send us an email on info@neuliferehab.com. Find us at: 2725 Robie Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

 

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.

Brain Trauma Rehabilitation Terms [Easy Guide Arounds Difficult Words] – Part 3

Many of us are so overwhelmed by the process of TBI diagnosis, treatment, and traumatic brain injury rehab, that we don’t even think to ask the important questions, or understand everything that the doctor says. A good physician will explain the tests, the diagnosis and the necessary rehabilitation in layman’s term. But, some won’t, or maybe the stress of the visit will make you forget as soon as you leave the office.

In Part 1 of this Guide, we explained some of these terms, especially the ones concerning functions and skills. In Part 2, we defined the terms related to some of the symptoms of TBI. Today, in Part 3, we’ll talk about the glossary concerning medication used to treat TBI.

Anticonvulsant

Medication used to decrease the possibility of a seizure (e.g., Dilantin, Phenobarbital, Mysoline, Tegretol).

Antidepressants

Medication used to treat depression.

Beta-blockers

Medication used mainly to slow down the heart, by blocking the action of hormones like adrenaline. Commonly used beta-blockers include:

  • atenolol (also called Tenormin)
  • bisoprolol (also called Cardicor or Emcor)
  • metoprolol (also called Betaloc, or Lopresor)
  • propranolol (also called Inderal or Angilol)

Neuroleptics

Neuroleptics, also known as antipsychotic medications, are used to treat and manage symptoms of many psychiatric disorders. They can be divided into two classes: first-generation (“typical” antipsychotics) and second-generation (“atypical” antipsychotics).

Antiepileptics

Antiepileptic drugs (commonly known as anticonvulsants or antiseizure drugs) are a varied group of pharmacological agents used in the treatment of epileptic seizures. Many seem to act as mood stabilizers and are used for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

Watch this film by Speed Pharmacology about antiepileptics –“Pharmacology – ANTIEPILEPTIC DRUGS (MADE EASY)”, to find out more:

 

Analgesics

May be used for pain relief and pain management.

Anti-Anxiety Agents

May lessen feelings of uncertainty, nervousness, and fear.

Anti-Coagulants

May be used to prevent blood clots.

Muscle Relaxants

May be used to reduce muscle spasms or spasticity.

Sedative-Hypnotic Agents

May be used to induce sleep or depress the central nervous system in areas of mental and physical response, awareness, sleep, and pain.

Stimulants

May be used to increase attention and alertness.

Amantadine

Amantadine belongs to the class of medications called adamantanes. It is thought to work to control movement problems by increasing the amount of dopamine in certain parts of the body.

Remember, when you talk to your doctor about taking any of these, or other drugs, mention what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking, or plan to take.

Stay tuned for the fourth part of this TBI glossary guide.

NeuLife Rehabilitation –  one of the best traumatic brain injury rehabilitation facilities!

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the best TBI rehab centers with specialized catastrophic rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries.

Our programs for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation are customized to meet the individual needs of each patient. Our care plans are structured to promote the highest level of functional independence and successful community reintegration. 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 rehab facility.

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

 

Sources:

http://www.headinjury.com/tbiglossary.htm

http://www.waiting.com 

https://www.biausa.org/brain-injury/about-brain-injury/treatment/medications

 

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 providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

 

Brain Trauma Rehabilitation Terms [Easy Guide Arounds Difficult Words] – Part 2

Many of us are so overwhelmed by the process of TBI diagnosis, treatment, and traumatic brain injury rehab, that we don’t even think to ask the important questions or understand everything that the doctor says. A good physician will explain the tests, the diagnosis and the necessary rehabilitation in layman’s terms, but some won’t, or maybe the stress of the visit will make you forget as soon as you leave the office.

In Part 1 of this Guide, we’ve explained some of these terms, especially the ones concerning functions and skills. Today, in Part 2, we’ll explain more terms, concerning some of the symptoms of TBI.

Agnosia:

Failure to recognize familiar objects although the sensory mechanism is intact. May occur for any sensory modality.

Anoxia:

Lack of oxygen to the brain.

Aphasia:

The inability to produce voluntary speech due to a deficit in motor (muscle) programming caused by brain damage.

Apraxia:

Loss of the capability to perform learned determined movements, regardless of having the will to perform the movements.

Ataxia:

A problem of muscle coordination not due to apraxia, weakness, stiffness, spasticity or sensory loss. Triggered by lesion of the cerebellum, or basal ganglia. It can affect a person’s ability to walk, talk, eat and to execute other self-care tasks.

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Confusion:

A state in which a patient is bewildered, perplexed, or incapable to self-orient.

Disinhibition:

Incapability to control impulsive behavior and emotions.

Dysarthria:

A problem in forming words, or articulating them because of the weakness of muscles used in speaking. Speech is characterized by slurred, imprecise enunciation. Tongue movements are usually labored and the rate of speaking may be very slow. Voice
quality may be irregular, frequently disproportionately nasal; volume may be low; drooling may transpire. Dysarthria may go together with aphasia, or occur on its own.

Dysphagia:

Difficulty in swallowing. It also comprises a struggle to move material from the mouth to the stomach. This definition also includes difficulty in positioning food in the mouth.

Fatigue:

A state of tiredness; the loss of strength or stamina.

  • Acute: Fatigue with sudden onset, such as subsequent to excessive effort; relieved by rest.
  • Chronic: Long-continued fatigue not relieved by rest. Symptomatic of conditions, such as tuberculosis, diabetes or other diseases of changed body metabolism.
  • Muscular: The reduced ability of a muscle to execute work as a result of recurrent contractions. Fatigue can be partial, or complete.

Post-concussion syndrome:

Group of symptoms after a concussion that may consist of memory changes, mood swings, poor concentration, headaches, faintness, depression, and nervousness.

Quadriparesis:

Partial loss of function all four extremities of the body.

Quadriplegia:

Loss of function of any injured or diseased cervical spinal cord section, influencing all four body extremities.

Seizure:

Uncontrolled discharge of nerve cells which may spread to other adjacent cells or all over the brain. It typically lasts only a few minutes. It may be accompanied by loss of consciousness, loss of bowel and bladder control and tremors. May also cause hostility, and other behavioral deviations.

Spasticity:

Involuntary increase in muscle tone that occurs following injury to the brain or spinal cord, causing muscles to resist being moved.

Vegetative State:

Condition in which the person doesn’t speak, follow commands, or give any response that is psychologically meaningful.

Stay tuned for the third part of this TBI glossary guide.

NeuLife Rehabilitation –  one of the best traumatic brain injury rehabilitation facilities!

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the best TBI rehab centers with specialized catastrophic rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. 

Our programs for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation are customized to meet the individual needs of each patient, and care plans are structured to promote the highest level of functional independence and successful community reintegration. 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 rehab facility.

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

Sources:

http://www.headinjury.com/tbiglossary.htm

http://www.waiting.com 

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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 providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.