Traumatic Brain Injury

Supporting those with brain injuries lead richer lives

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) usually results from a violent blow to the head or a jolt to the head or body. It can also stem from an object penetrating the skills such as a bullet or a shattered piece of skull causing damage to the brain. An individual can also experiencea brain injury from a stroke, aneurysm, lack of oxygen (anoxia), brain tumors, or infections. When a TBI is experienced an individual and family typically struggle with understanding and dealing with the change and loss. While each individual’s experience is unique, they usually experience, short/long term memory loss, processing difficulties, problem solving and judgment issues, along with various physical effects. Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries. Recovery is a functional recovery, based on mechanisms that remain uncertain. No two brain injuries are alike and the consequence of two similar injuries may be very different. Symptoms may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury. The effects of TBI can be profound. Individuals with severe injuries can be left in long-term unresponsive states. For many people with severe TBI, long-term rehabilitation is often necessary to maximize function and independence. Even with mild TBI, the consequences to a person’s life can be dramatic. Change in brain function can have a dramatic impact on family, job, social and community interaction.