Brain injury can occur in different ways. Trauma is often involved, such as a sports injury, fall or motor vehicle accident. Brain injury can also occur without trauma, for example, the result of a stroke or infection.
Medical care is the first step in treatment to stabilize and promote the brain’s healing. For long-term treatment planning, rehabilitation plays an important role.
With a long track record of experienced, specialized brain injury rehabilitation, HealthSouth has restored hope and encouraged maximum outcomes for many patients and their families.
Brain injury rehabilitation focuses on:
- Restoring the best possible level of physical, cognitive and behavioral function
- Improvement for a return to home, school or work
- Training and adaptation for long-term limitations
- Home-based services assessments, as needed
- Emotional support for the patient and caregivers
Rehabilitation for brain injury recovery at HealthSouth includes specialized treatment to promote healing and maximize function and independence.
Rehabilitation for brain injury recovery at HealthSouth includes specialized rehab care to promote healing and maximize function and independence.
Preventing a brain injury
The Brain Injury Association of America cites the most common causes of brain injury are vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries and violence. To prevent injury:
- Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle
- Always buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt in the car
- Never drive or engage in physical activity while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets during appropriate activities
- Use safe guards to avoid falls
- Check first the depth of the water when swimming or diving
- Make sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood, mulch and sand
- Keep firearms stored unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe. Store bullets in a separate secured location
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Brain Injury Association of America
Brain injury rehabilitation
Specialized and coordinated rehabilitation is critical in recovering from a brain injury. To help patients achieve their fullest potential after a brain injury, therapy can be provided in inpatient and outpatient settings. In a rehabilitation hospital, the inpatient stay for a brain injury patient may vary from several days to several weeks.
HealthSouth’s brain injury rehabilitation program has improved abilities for patients who have suffered from:
• Traumatic brain injury
• Brain tumor
• Motor vehicle accident
• Battlefield injury
• Other neurological deficits
Living with brain injury
After a brain injury, seeking support and knowledge can help individuals with brain injury and their loved ones cope with and increase their awareness about brain injury issues. If you or a loved one is coping with a brain injury, resources are available: