Facts about Traumatic Brain Injury
- Moderate-to-severe TBIs are most commonly acquired in motor vehicle crashes, with other causes including falls, bicycle accidents, assaults and sports injuries.
- A higher percentage of mild TBIs are caused by sports injuries.
- A TBI typically affects the way that a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
What impacts can Traumatic Brain Injury have?
The outcome of acquired brain injury depends on the cause of the injury and on the location, severity, and extent of neurological damage. Common issues associated with a TBI include:
- Seizures, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia
- Headaches, dizziness, pain, and sleep disturbances
- Difficulty with fine motor skills, talking, swallowing, eating, and drinking
- Cognitive impairment impacting memory, language, reading and writing
- Personality and behavioural changes including irritability, impatience, and socialising
- Motor deficits which may impact the person’s ability to walk, including paralysis, muscle stiffness, and uncontrolled movements.
How can we help?
We can help you on your journey following a TBI in many ways. Our Allied Health professionals (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, and Social Workers) can support with:
- Working on your mobility and physical activity
- Developing your communication skills to help you with speech, reading, writing and understanding language
- Developing social skills to enhance building and maintaining relationships
- Managing meal times to safely eat and drink
- Developing your fine motor skills to participate in daily activities and maximise independence
- Developing strategies to assist with memory and thinking skills
- Identifying, trialling, and prescribing assistive technology/adapted equipment
- Modifying your home to ensure it provides everything you need to access and participate in your favourite activities
- Understanding your life following a TBI and dealing with the emotions associated with this.
For over 70 years, CPL has been supporting people to chase the best in life. We understand disability and can support you, or someone you care for, at whatever stage of your journey.