Doctors say that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a catastrophic condition, like burns, amputations, and spinal cord injuries.
But TBI is different – It upsets life on multiple levels: physical, psychological, social, and even spiritual. TBI affects the roots of who we are — our ability to think, to communicate, and to connect with other people.
A tap on the head, and anything can go wrong. Anything usually does go wrong. ‘Light taps’ — mild TBI — can result in daily headaches, agitated moods, or periods of sleeplessness. Stronger jolts may cause you to forget your name, or make you think or feel you’re someone different. When you tell someone you’re sad, you may unintentionally yell. A TBI can introduce a frustrating amount of confusion and uncertainty into your life
What exactly is a traumatic brain injury?
Our brains are terribly fragile and vulnerable to all sorts of injury. Although brain tissue can be damaged by a variety of things like infections, tumors, or strokes, any injury to the brain from an external force results in a TBI.
Which different types of TBI are there?
- Penetrating head injuries occur when an object, like shrapnel, enters the brain and causes damage in a specific area.
- Closed head injuries occur when there’s a blow to the head, which can happen during a fall, car accident, sporting event or any number of different ways.
Both types of TBI can result in bruised brain tissue, bleeding inside the brain, large or small lacerations in the brain, and nerve damage due to shearing forces. The brain can also experience a number of secondary types of damage, like swelling, fever, seizures or an imbalance of neurological chemicals.
What can cause Traumatic Brain injury?
- Concussion & Sports-Concussion,
- Neuro-degenerative diseases (Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease & Macular Degeneration)
- Vestibular issues
- Bacteria, viruses & parasites (Meningitis, Lyme Disease & Malaria to name but a few)
Can the brain heal?
Brain healing is the process that occurs after the brain has been damaged. The brain has a remarkable ability to adapt. After severe brain injury, improvement in function related to neuroplasticity is unlikely to occur without help from health professionals skilled in Rehabilitation. Together with Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy, Neuro Vision Rehabilitation can assist in obtaining the optimal results.