Brain Injury

A brain injury is any damage to the brain. Damage can be structural or the result of alterations to the brain’s chemistry. Usually, it is some combination.

 

Brain injuries vary in severity. The most mild brain injuries, like concussion, may not show up on neuroimaging. 

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What Symptoms Are Associated With Brain Injury?

After a brain injury, individuals commonly struggle with a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Vestibular Dysfunction

  • Vision Problems

  • Post traumatic migraine

  • Trouble Sleeping

  • Nausea

  • Hemiparesis

  • Balance Problems

  • Anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Confusion

  • Irritability

  • Loss of Coordination

  • Sound Sensitivity

  • Photophobia

  • Depression

  • Memory Problems

  • “Brain Fog”

What Causes a Brain Injury?

Brain injuries can stem from: 
 

  • External trauma (traumatic brain injury/concussion)

  • Disease (tumor growth, encephalitis, etc.)

  • Oxygen deprivation (hypoxia)

  • Ischemia/non-traumatic hemorrhage (stroke)

Regardless of how a brain injury occurs, it is essential to apply targeted rehab to improve brain function.

Our Approach to Treatment

After a brain injury, it is common to undergo generalized rehabilitation in physical, occupational, speech, vestibular, and/or vision therapy. Upon discharge from outpatient care, patients may still be experiencing symptoms. This is when consulting a specialist like Dr. Keiser may be beneficial to your case.

 

When treating brain injuries, we:

1.Work to understand a patient’s strengths, the root of their brain dysfunction, and gauge their stamina through a comprehensive clinical exam.

Using the latest in diagnostic technology, we consider each component of a patient’s nervous system in isolation -- vision, proprioception, autonomic, etc. and how they integrate together. 

 

This extra step often leads to an improvement in symptoms.

 

2. Develop a customized treatment program informed by these findings.

Our approach takes advantage of the central nervous system’s ability to be plastic, to change constructively over time. This allows us to improve brain function through non-invasive, non-pharmacological means.

 

3. Frequently re-assess and adapt as needed to ensure the best results.