Rehab Insights is a weekly blog written by Burke Rehabilitation professionals to offer practical information for patients, families and the community. It's goal is to educate the reader on relevant topics in rehabilitation, general health and wellness.

What is a Brain Injury?

March 10, 2016

Some sobering news: An estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from non-traumatic causes each year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America.

At Burke, our goal is to provide the most comprehensive and effective rehabilitation to maximize recovery from physical, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injuries.

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month this March, here’s a short video the explains about brain injury: 

 

The brain injury team here at Burke, which consists of medical, nursing and other rehabilitation personnel, is committed to ensuring that each individual’s needs are addressed by:

  • Providing rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes communication, collaboration and cooperation
  • Lessening limitations of activities by focusing on the individual’s capabilities and utilizing compensatory strategies and devices
  • Providing the highest quality, patient focused rehabilitation
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life situations to the extent possible
  • Providing counseling to the individual and family and/or caregiver on alternative possibilities for life participation when necessary
  • Preparing the individual, family and/or caregiver to make the transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process

But care doesn’t stop once the person is discharged from the inpatient setting. Patients can continue outpatient rehab at one of Burke’s outpatient clinics and patients and caregivers can also take part in the Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. The group provides a supportive environment and a chance to meet others experiencing similar life changes.

To learn more about our inpatient brain injury rehab program, including admission criteria, click here.

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