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TotalNeuroCare P.C. is one of the leading providers of TBI treatment, with our Physicians trained in the latest treatment methods, and able to offer the best short-term and long-term care recommendations. Below you will find some information about TBI, one of the leading yearly diagnosis with over 1.7 million annually afflicted in the United States alone.
Important Statistics about Traumatic Brain Injury An estimated 1.7 million people are afflicted yearly by TBI and is one of the leading contributors to injury-related deaths in the United States accounting for 30.5% of all deaths. TBI. accounts for over 60,000 deaths annually according to the CDC.
Levels of Traumatic Brain Injury There are three categories of TBI. Mild, Moderate, and Severe. Each categorized by different levels of the Glasgow Coma Scale. You can read more about the GCS on BrainLine here
The effects of Traumatic Brain Injury can include but are not limited too the following cognitive effects memory loss, post-traumatic amnesia, concentration and attention problems, communication and language issues, and post-traumatic dementia. As well as the following emotional effects include irritability, anxiety, insomnia, depression, confusion, frustration, agitation, mood swings, and clinical depression. Behaviors may include violence, inappropriate actions, emotional outbursts, lack of self control, impulsivity, poor self-awareness, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Diagnosing TBI The diagnosis of brain injury involves looking for signs of brain injury, either through scanning devices like computer assisted tomography (CAT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), and X-rays, or through screening tools — usually in the form of simple tests — that measure various areas of a person's speech, movement, memory, and thought. The people most qualified to diagnose a brain injury are emergency room doctors, neurologists, and neuropsychologists.
Treating TBI is done by:
Although there is not a standardized treatment for mild TBI, a number of interventions have been shown to be helpful. Ruff  has found that cognitive therapy tailored to the individual patient, education of available resources, and recognition of symptoms can assist recovery. The Clinical Practice Guideline: Occupational and Physical Therapy for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury  recommends a number of interventions physical and occupational therapists can provide in relation to temporomandibular disorders, attention, balance dysfunction, vestibular dysfunction, and several other deficits. It is likely best to continue to treat these patients utilizing a team approach with an early recognition of symptoms, prevention of further immediate injury, education of symptoms and prevention, cognitive, physical, occupational, and if necessary, vocational therapy, neuropsychological testing, necessary medications, and continued monitoring by specialists..
Find the cause of weakness, paralysis, or muscle twitching. Problems in a muscle, the nerves supplying a muscle, the spinal cord, or the area of the brain that controls a muscle can cause these symptoms. The EMG does not show brain or spinal cord diseases.
Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Statistics:
Based on information of people with mild, moderate to severe TBI who received acute medical care and inpatient rehabilitation services at a TBI Model System, two years post-injury: Most people continue to show decreases in disability. 34% of people required some level of supervision during the day and/or night. 93% of people are living in a private residence. 34% are living with their spouse or significant other; 29% are living with their parents. 33% are employed; 29% are unemployed; 26% are retired due to any reason; and 3% are students.
If you or someone you know has sustained a brain injury, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment with us here at TotalNeurocare P.C. so we can provide additional information, resources, and help establish a treatment plan best for you. Call us at 718-332-7878.