Brain injuries can occur in many different ways. Many times they occur because a person has taken a blow to the head. This can happen during sports, in a car accident, or even just by falling. Other brain injuries occur because of illnesses or conditions in the body. These include injuries that come from things like strokes or aneurysms. If you think you may have suffered a brain injury, you should seek neurological testing and may need neurologic rehab to overcome it.
What Is Neurologic Testing?
The neurological examination is to get more information about your sensory skills and your motor skills to try and determine if a brain injury has occurred. This will typically include testing your balance and coordination as well as your speech and hearing abilities. This will give the medical professional an overview of any neurological damage that you have suffered as well as clues about what type of damage occurred.
Types of Tests
Laboratory tests may be done to help determine if any disease or disorder is present and to see the levels of medications that are in your system and may be contributing to the problem. Lab tests are done on bodily fluids such as blood and urine. Blood tests can often determine if there is an infection present or if there are toxins in the body.
Your brain fluid and fluid surrounding the spinal cord can also be tested to determine if disease or infection has occurred. This fluid can detect viral infections, encephalitis, and inflammation in the brain. Urine tests can show increased levels of proteins as well as toxins.
Brain scans are done using different machines that can take a picture of the brain. This type of imaging can show where injuries have occurred and can also show areas of bleeding or other abnormal occurrences. A CT scan is one type of brain scan that uses x-rays in order to take a two-dimensional picture of the brain.
An MRI takes a different kind of picture of the brain. This type of test uses magnetic pulses and radio waves in order to take a picture of the brain that includes enough detail to see problems that may be happening. An MRI can show a traumatic brain injury as well as any brain damage that may have been part of the original injury. It can also give clues about tumors, inflammation, and infections.
What Is Neurologic Rehab?
Daily Living Activities
Help with daily living activities is one type of neurologic rehab that can help people who have suffered a brain injury. This includes help with activities like getting in and out of bed, getting dressed, taking a shower, and other tasks that people with brain injuries may find difficult.
Because certain brain injuries can have an effect on speech, speech therapy is another important type of neurologic rehab. Sometimes people with brain injuries need help learning how to form words and how to speak again. This occurs when the brain injury is in a certain place in the brain.
People with brain injuries may not be able to effectively move their bodies because the signals sent from the brain to other body parts may have been disrupted. Part of neurologic rehab is often retraining the body to move effectively. This may include walking smoothly as well as movements like reaching for something.
When someone has suffered a brain injury, that person may lose strength in their body parts. This is typically from a lack of movement because of time spent in the hospital or from an inability to move. In rehab, patients can be given strength training tasks to rebuild their muscles and help them grow strong again.
Those who have suffered a brain injury may need help regaining their cognitive abilities. They may find that they cannot think clearly or that certain mental tasks are harder than they used to be. In rehab, patients are helped to regain these cognitive abilities through a series of exercises that help their brains heal.
When someone is injured, pain is often a factor. It can be hard to retrain the brain and body when the patient is weighed down by pain. Because of this, pain management is a very important part of therapy and rehabilitation. Pain may be managed in a variety of ways from medication to alternative therapies.
Depression and anxiety often go along with a brain injury and the extreme life changes caused by the injury. Patients will often feel down when they can no longer perform tasks they once did easily, and they may have anxiety about the future and further injury. In rehab, these mental health issues can be addressed to help the person move forward and be motivated to complete therapy.
We Are Here for You
Contact us at Renew Health in Tempe AZ to schedule your consultation today. We are here to help with brain injuries as well as other problems. We can provide pain management and rehabilitation techniques that will help you on the road to recovery. Brain problems can be scary, but you are not alone. We are here to help.