Spinal Cord Injury & Traumatic Brain Injury

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RehabOne Medical Group

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Los Gatos, San Jose, Gilroy, & Salinas, CA

Spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury are two of the most serious, potentially life-altering conditions you could ever face. If you find yourself or a loved one needing rehabilitation after a devastating central nervous system trauma, RehabOne Medical Group in Los Gatos, San Jose, Gilroy, and Salinas, California, can help. The experienced team specializes in physical and mental rehabilitation, helping you regain optimal functioning. To find out more, call RehabOne Medical Group today.

Spinal Cord Injury & Traumatic Brain Injury Q & A

What is a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries are typically due to a traumatic damage of the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. If the vertebrae fracture or dislocate, fragments of bone, pieces of the spinal discs that cushion the vertebrae, or ligaments in the spine can damage the delicate spinal cord.

These types of injuries can crush axons, which are extensions of the nerve cells that transmit signals along the spinal cord. The severity of the effects of spinal cord injury depend on the numbers of axons affected, and the level of the spine at which the injury occurs. 

A lower back spinal cord injury could affect your ability to walk, for instance, while a cervical spinal cord injury in your neck could cause paralysis and breathing difficulties.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury occurs when your head impacts against a hard object with considerable force, or when something penetrates your skull and causes tissue damage to your brain.

Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Blurred vision or tired eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Behavioral or mood changes
  • Poor memory and lack of concentration

Moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries cause the same symptoms, but they’re typically worse. You may also experience nausea and vomiting, convulsions or seizures, dilation of the pupils, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in your arms and legs, loss of coordination, and possibly lose consciousness.

How are spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury treated?

Both spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury are medical emergencies, so in the first stages, you’re in the care of a hospital. When your condition stabilizes, you can begin a program of rehabilitation to restore as much physical and mental function as possible.

Rehabilitation at RehabOne Medical Group is carefully tailored to your needs. Your treatment plan is customized to take into account your abilities and prognosis, with input from a specialist multidisciplinary team.

Some of the therapies may include physical therapies, neurorehabilitation, and ultrasound-guided intramuscular botulinum toxin injections. Psychological counseling and pain management are also important in recovering from life-changing conditions like spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.

To find out more about the exceptional rehabilitation services available for patients who have spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, call RehabOne Medical Group today.