by ggargiulo, March 7, 2018
For more than 30 years, March has been recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The theme for this year’s campaign that will last through 2020 is “Change Your Mind,” which is intended to provide a platform to educate the public about the incidence of brain injuries and the needs of those who have them and their families. In honor of this campaign, we’d like to explain what traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are and why Bayonne physical therapy is crucial to help patients recover afterwards.
A TBI is defined as any injury to the brain that disrupts the way it functions, with some of the most common causes being falls, car crashes and blows to the head. It’s estimated that more than 2.8 million people experience a TBI every year, and although they can occur in anyone, some have a higher risk than others. For example, children under age 4 and adults over the age of 75 are at an increased risk of TBI from falls, while adolescents between 15-19 years of age have a high rate of TBI from sports and car accidents.
TBIs also range in intensity from mild to severe, depending on the strength of the trauma that causes it. Concussions, which are on the mild end of the spectrum and account for about 80% of all TBIs, result from the brain moving rapidly back and forth or banging against the side of the skull. This sudden movement can stretch and damage brain tissue and trigger a series of harmful changes that may interfere with normal brain activities. Concussions rates are particularly high in youth sports like football, soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey.
Signs of a TBI include physical symptoms like weakness and difficulty moving the arms, legs, body and head, as well as problems with standing, balancing, walking or lying down. Cognitive symptoms like impaired memory or reduced awareness, changes with the senses and behavioral or emotional symptoms are also possible. If an injury to the head has been sustained and you start to notice these symptoms, it’s imperative that you seek out immediate medical attention for an evaluation.
How a Bayonne physical therapy program will address your TBI
When a TBI is diagnosed, prompt treatment is usually necessary to increase the chances of a complete recovery. At Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy, our Bayonne physical therapy treatment programs for TBIs typically consist of the following:
- An assessment of the injury severity and patient’s impairments
- Balance and posture training
- Mobilization exercises
- Sensory stimulation
- Aerobic training
- Functional training
Our physical therapists work closely with patients that have suffered a TBI and gradually help them regain their abilities so they can return to a daily life without any significant impairments. The length of treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, but a complete recovery is feasible in most cases. So if you’ve recently experienced an injury to the head that may be a TBI, we strongly recommend that you come in to see us for a personally tailored Bayonne physical therapy program. Contact Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy at 201-243-6662 to schedule an appointment today at our flagship Jersey City clinic, the Jersey City Medical Center Outpatient Therapy Department, our Bayonne office or at Clara Maas Medical Center in Belleville, NJ, or click here for more information on TBIs.