March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
When Rehabilitation Hospital Treatment is the Best Choice for Improvement
There are currently 5.3 million children and adults in the United States who are living with a permanent brain injury-related disability. That’s nearly one in every 60 Americans. With how prevalent these injuries are, it’s important first to understand the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries.
47.9% are from falls
17.1% are from being struck by or against something
13.2% are from motor vehicle accidents
By looking at the data above, we felt we should emphasize a few simple reminders to prevent a traumatic brain injury:
Wearing a seat belt when traveling by car can dramatically decrease your risk of a brain injury.
Wearing a helmet in any activity that exposes the head being struck by an object:
such as many sports-related activities (highest number of concussions are football, girl’s soccer, and hockey); while riding a bike, motorized and non-motorized; while riding a 3 or 4 wheeler when participating in any activity that could result in a fall and head injury, such as skiing, rollerblading, to name a few.
Undiagnosed concussions can lead to medical issues down the road.
Minimizing exposure to accidents is the greatest course of action to prevent a severe brain injury.
Many people who have suffered from a brain injury experience a loss of consciousness, complete coma, or other impacts to memory or the ability to listen, comprehend or communicate effectively. We have listed out in greater detail below:
Thinking Challenges including problems with memory, language, concentration, judgment, and problem-solving
Sensory Changes including changes in the patient’s sense of smell, sight, hearing, and touch
Emotional Changes including changes in mood or feeling impulsive or irritable.
Physical Changes including loss of strength and problems with balance, coordination, movement, and swallowing
Why Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals can Help People with Brain Injuries
A person with a brain injury often finds that they have some residual issues, such as those previously mentioned. These challenges either weren’t fully addressed after the initial injury or the previous or current course of action hasn’t improved the patient’s level of function to the desired level of satisfaction. Rehabilitation Hospital’s only focus is to provide an extensive and individualized rehab treatment in a controlled setting with a dedicated rehab team. The goal is to return the person to a higher functioning life in a short amount of time.
At Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital, our team of specialized physicians, therapists, and nurses will collaborate to develop and deliver the best rehabilitation service to people who have a traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury.
But what can a person with a brain injury expect from the rehabilitation program in our hospital?
The Brain Injury Rehab Treatment at Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital helps patients restore memory loss and the functional activities that were once part of everyday life through an extensive rehabilitation plan. The care team at our hospital looks like this:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician will assess the level of function relative to the brain injury and establish an individualized rehab plan of care with the patient, patient’s family, and the rest of the care team
Speech and Language Pathologist, or Speech Therapist, might use various speech and cognitive therapies to improve any communication and thinking barriers.
Occupational Therapists may also address cognitive challenges, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills that affect independence with activities of daily living.
Physical Therapists will work closely with the rest of the treatment and medical team to address mobility, coordination, strength, and other issues as needed.
Rehab Trained Nurses care for our patients for both the patient’s rehab and medical needs during the patient’s stay with us
The rehabilitation plan for a brain injury is tailored to each patient. The severity of brain injury will often dictate the types of therapies and treatments as every brain injury is not the same.
At Indianapolis Rehab Hospital, we specialize in helping those with all types of brain injuries. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one lead a more productive life