A brain injury can be life-altering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a disruption in the brain’s normal function. An injury, either traumatic or non-traumatic, causes TBI to the head. Trauma can be in the form of a bump, blow, or even a penetrative injury. Brain injury can also be caused by a non-traumatic injury such as those caused by stroke, tumors, or a hypoxic incident (lack of oxygen to the brain). Those most at risk for a TBI are children and older adults.
It is essential to understand the importance of post-acute rehabilitation and its relation to recovery after injury. Post-acute rehabilitation helps restore activities of daily living (ADLs) for those affected by a TBI. Many patients and family members do not know where to find appropriate rehabilitation programs and have questions regarding what therapy entails.
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