Do you suffer from a brain injury or disorder such as concussion, PTSD, stroke, headaches, and other conditions? You may be a candidate for brain rehabilitation therapy.
Fortunately, in the state of Colorado, you can see a physical therapist as a first line of care without a doctor’s order. At TurningPoint Medical Group, we have the training and experience to diagnose and treat most all brain injuries and disorders.
Often, physical therapy complements other medical treatments such as medicines or surgery. We work closely with countless world-class physicians within the Colorado Springs medical community.
To get started, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our certified brain rehabilitation specialists. During your consultation, you’ll learn if brain rehabilitation is right for you and outline a plan for optimal recovery.
Keep reading to learn more about how brain rehabilitation can work for you …
Without a healthy, properly functioning brain, the body cannot operate correctly. The brain’s function interprets information and tells the body how to respond. Pain, sounds, light and odors are all types of input that the brain regularly interprets. The brain also maintains blood pressure, breathing and releases hormones. Important functions, to be sure. If you suffer a brain injury, it compromises the vital functions your brain performs. Therefore, if your brain has suffered an injury of any type, you need to learn about brain rehabilitation.
What is Brain Rehabilitation?
Brain rehabilitation is a therapy that helps you relearn tasks that you have had trouble completing since your brain injury. At the TurningPoint Medical Group, we offer brain rehabilitation therapy designed to help you restore your body to its previous state.
What Conditions Can Brain Rehabilitation Therapy Treat?
The most common condition that requires brain rehabilitation is a stroke. A stroke happens when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted or there is bleeding in the brain. Other common brain injuries that could benefit from rehabilitation include the following. They are categorized into two sections:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Concussion: A concussion is often thought of as minor. However, it actually is a traumatic injury. In fact, a concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. It is caused by a sudden momentum change or impact.
- Contusion: This is usually caused by a direct impact to the head. It is basically a brain bruise.
- Coup-Countrecoup: This occurs when the head is impacted, causing a contusion on one side. The impact is great enough that it moves the brain, slamming it into the opposite side of the head, causing a bruise on both sides.
- Diffuse Axonal: This occurs when the head is shaken or rotated in a rough manner. It could be the result of a car accident. This violent movement causes a tear in the nerve tissue of the brain that interrupts the brain’s normal communication.
- Penetration: This type of injury is caused by the impact of a knife, bullet or another sharp object. It happens when this object forces bones, skin and hair into the brain. The Center for Disease Control reports that around 91% of the traumatic brain injuries caused by bullets result in death.
Acquired Brain Injuries
This type of brain injury includes degenerative diseases, damage due to drowning, strokes, tumors, etc. Read below to learn their classifications:
- Anoxia: This happens when the brain doesn’t get any oxygen.
- Hypoxic: This type of injury occurs when the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen. It happens there is a reduction in blood pressure or blood flow.
Common Symptoms Of a Brain Injury
No two brain injuries are the same. Therefore, your symptoms might be different than another person’s. The following are a few common symptoms most people have experienced after serious brain injuries:
- Memory and thinking problems.
- Numbness and/or pain.
- Problems communicating.
- Emotional issues.
- Movement complications.
What Are The Levels of Brain Injury?
As you will read below, brain rehabilitation therapy is worthwhile, no matter your injury. However, the level of injury you experienced determines the amount of function you need to restore. Therefore, it’s important to understand the levels of brain injury you can experience to determine where you fall in that spectrum.
Levels of Brain Injury
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: This occurs when the following takes place after your injury:
- You were likely only dazed and confused.
- You probably didn’t lose consciousness.
- If you did lose consciousness, it was only briefly.
- Your scans and tests might have appeared normal after your injury.
Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury: Rehabilitation for your moderate traumatic brain injury will likely be successful as this level of brain injury responds well to therapy. The following happens after a moderate traumtic brain injury:
- You likely lost consciousness. It might have been just a few minutes but could’ve been hours.
- Your confusion lasted for days or weeks.
- Your have behavioral, cognitive and/or physical impairments that have lasted for months or are permanent.
Severe Brain Injury: This classification of brain injury is the result of penetrating wounds or crushing blows. They often require heroic measures to treat. Unfortunately, this type of injury is the least likely to respond positively to rehabilitation. This doesn’t mean that rehabilitation therapy can’t help you if you have a severe brain injury. Rehabilitation can only help. You should temper your expectations, though.
How Successful is Brain Rehabilitation?
There are two main components of brain rehabilitation according to the Brain Injury Resource Center. This includes restoring the brain’s function. It also involves helping patients learn how to do things differently if full restoration is impossible. Even if your brain function cannot be fully restored, you will likely still benefit from brain rehabilitation. Virtually every patient can benefit in some way from brain rehabilitation therapy. However, the severity of your injury will affect the success of your rehabilitation.
How Long Does it Take?
In most cases, you will begin some type of brain rehabilitation immediately after your injury. If you are in the hospital, this might look like a few minutes each day of mental and physical exercises. Of course, how quickly you can expect results will depend on where you start. In other words, if you are having trouble walking, talking, eating, etc, then it will take you longer to relearn these tasks then if you are only having trouble with memory lapses or communication. We at TurningPoint Medical Group have had patients who benefited from rehabilitation therapy even years after their injury occurred. Therefore, no matter when your injury occurred, it’s wise to consider rehabilitation.
How Much Does it Cost?
Most medical insurances cover brain rehabilitation therapy. Thankfully, our goal is to provide you with the help you need even if you don’t have insurance. Therefore, we keep our prices affordable.
The Importance of Brain Rehabilitation Therapy
When you suffer a brain injury, it can seem like your life is over. Your personality can change. You might forget who your loved ones are, or not be able to walk, talk or do basic tasks. In essence, it can feel like life as you knew it is gone. Thankfully, there is hope. No matter the severity of your injury, you can benefit from rehabilitation at TurningPoint Medical Group. Our goal is to help you. We want to see your life restored. We will create a therapy plan to make this a reality. Call us today so we can get started. Don’t waste another minute suffering needlessly with pain and embarrassment due to your brain injury when you could be one step closer to restoration.