Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have at least 1.7 million reports each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These injuries are a result of trauma to the head, leading to further damage to the brain. A large number of automobile accidents, sports injuries, and falls result in traumatic brain injuries.
Offering the best brain and spine care to residents of Irvine and surrounding California areas, Dr. Burak Ozgur and everyone at ONE Brain and Spine Center use conservative approaches to correct brain injuries. Physical therapy is one of the most important factors to return to improved functionality.
Twenty-five year old pro snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, knows all to well about the importance of physical therapy for a brain injury. In 2010, Pearce was practicing for the Olympic trials when he smashed his head into the wall of a half-pipe. Luckily, Pearce lived through the crash, but suffered serious brain trauma and lost his ability to walk and talk.
Three and a half years later, Pearce recovered from his injuries and is now a commentator and international spokesman for traumatic brain injury awareness. He thanks his progress to the commitment of his physical therapists and constant supporters for giving him strength through such a grieving time.
Depending on the kind of injury, symptoms can vary. Ranging from headaches to paralysis and loss of feeling, TMIs can all together be extremely disabling. Typically, immediate medical attention is required to take care of injuries as soon as possible.
After initial tests and diagnoses are done, patients are obliged to seek physical therapy. Some TMIs require just a few weeks of simple rehab, while more severe cases require months of neurological re-education. An experienced physical therapist guides patients through a number of tests and exercises to improve functionality and improve strength.
Physical therapists and doctors work with patients on assessments such as sensation, consciousness, body awareness, memory, muscle tone, movement, balance, and gait. A program is then typically designed with neuro-developmental training, joint mobilization, functional training, and self-stretching exercises.
Traumatic brain injuries can have harsh side effects if not treated immediately. Physical therapy is imperative to improve brain health. To find out more about how ONE Brain and Spine Center physicians can help with your mild to severe brain injury, call and schedule an appointment today.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
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