Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Half of all TBIs are from motor vehicle accidents.
Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. A concussion is the mildest type. It can cause a headache or neck pain, nausea, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and tiredness. People with a moderate or severe TBI may have those, plus other symptoms:
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
- Dilated eye pupils
- Confusion and Fatigue are common for people with TBI
TBI can cause a wide range of changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions and can be associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. People with severe injuries usually need rehabilitation.
Each person’s rehabilitation process is unique to his or her circumstances.
At LFR we provide rehabilitation to meet the complex needs of individuals with identified TBI (from more moderate or severe), who after a period of acute care stabilisation within the hospital are discharged to a rehabilitation facillity.
This can be done in both an outpatient and residential setting.
The LFR team can coordinate communication with family members and funders to provide focused services delivered by our team of trained professionals with knowledge of interventions for TBI related issues. Our approach facilitates communication among team members, sharing of goals and allows treatment to be tailored to each person’s unique rehabilitation needs. Most importantly, the person with TBI and their circle of support is at the centre of all our treatment plans.