Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Physiatrists are experts in interdisciplinary care that is required following a concussion, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. Leading the care of the rehabilitation team, our physiatrists develop the most appropriate treatment plan with the primary goal of restoring function and optimizing independence. The approach includes physical, behavioral, cognitive, social, vocational, and adaptive.
More than five million Americans live with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI, usually caused by a fall or traffic accident, has a wide range of short and long term effects, including memory and motor function.
Concussion, which is a type of mild TBI, is a blow, bump or jolt to the head that changes the way the brain functions. While concussions are rarely life-threatening, and the effects are generally transient, they can be distressing. Repeated concussions are felt to lead to long term negative consequences on brain function. Getting help soon after the injury by trained specialists may speed recovery and optimize long-term function.
The effects of a brain injury depend on factors such as cause, location, and severity. Brain injury affects the way a person thinks, acts and feels.
Physiatrists are specially trained to care for and manage the treatment of TBI and concussion. A plan of care is developed with the patient and his or her family at the center.
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