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Demystifying brain injury – infographic explains the basics

The Learning Corp | Mar 28, 2019 | Traumatic brain injury

Are you or a loved one recovering from a brain injury? You are not alone. According to the CDC, approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. get a traumatic brain injury each year, and currently more than 5.3 million people are living with TBI.

Since the brain is the “control center” for all of our human activity including thinking, sensing, judgment, emotions, breathing and moving, injuries to your brain can have a significant impact on daily functioning. This impact can include the following:

  • Physical impacts. Depending on what part of your brain is injured, TBI can impact mobility, cause spasticity (increased muscle tone that interferes with normal movement), sensory impairment, fatigue or difficulties with speech.
  • Cognitive (thinking) impacts. Depending on what part of the brain was injured, TBI can impact attention & focus, memory, language (for example, aphasia or organizing your thoughts and ideas), impairment in visual-perceptual skills, problem-solving, and reduced perception and empathy.
  • Emotional / behavioral impacts. TBI can take a toll on emotional and behavioral capacity, including loss of inhibition, impulsiveness, irritability and/or aggression, obsession, apathy, and egocentricity.

Can you recover from brain injury?

The short answer is “yes.” The fastest improvement happens in about the first six months after injury, although rate of improvement varies from person to person. And the good news is that improvements can still occur even years after injury.

Treatment for brain injury may include some combination of surgery, medication and rehabilitation therapies such as speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy. Digital apps like Constant Therapy which provide science-based cognitive and speech exercises may be recommended as part of a therapy program.

Download now>> Download as printable PDF: Demystifying Brain Injury Infographic

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2 Comments

  1. Bill Monroe

    This is a nice infographic, however the design may be challenging for its target audience. The color scheme and font design may be challenging for folk with visual processing or language processing challenges after stroke or other brain injury.

    It’s not easy to get this stuff right. I struggle with it on my own site, but ultimately we all want to help folks live with brain injury.

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    • Carla Gates

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Bill. Do you have specific suggestions for improvement? Appreciate your perspective.

      Reply

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