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Understanding Your Prognosis After Stroke: Factors That Affect Recoverability

Every stroke prognosis is different because every stroke is different. While doctors and therapists cannot provide an exact prognosis, there are some statistics, patterns, and timelines that can provide a general idea of what to expect. If you or a loved one have recently experienced a stroke, talk to your medical team about your prognosis. […]

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Spastic vs Flaccid Paralysis: Understanding Loss of Muscle Function & How to Treat It

Paralysis refers to the complete or partial loss of muscle function. A neurological injury such as stroke or spinal cord injury can cause paralysis including spastic paralysis (increased muscle tone) and flaccid paralysis (reduced muscle tone). Knowing how to distinguish between spastic vs flaccid paralysis is important in order to receive proper treatment and maximize […]

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Post-Traumatic Tremors: Understanding Shaking After Head Injury

Tremors after brain injury, also known as post-traumatic tremors, are a rare side effect of TBI. They mostly occur after damage to the cerebellum. Sometimes, however, other movement disorders can cause symptoms that look like tremors but are in fact something else. Tremors are involuntary muscle contractions that create shaking movements in the head or […]

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Understanding Pontine Stroke: Looking at the Symptoms, Effects, & Recovery Process

The pons is the largest component of the brain stem. When blood flow to the pons becomes interrupted, it causes a pontine stroke or pons stroke. When the disruption is caused by a blood clot in particular, it’s referred to as a pontine infarction or pontine infarct. As signals responsible for the body’s motor control […]

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Tinnitus After Head Injury: Understanding Ringing In the Ear

Many survivors may experience ringing in the ear, or tinnitus, after head injury. The sound may be steady, or pulsating, and it may seem as if it is coming from afar but only you can hear it. Tinnitus is a symptom of traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a variety of factors. Therefore, […]

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How Is a Stroke Diagnosed? Understanding the Evaluation Process

Because a stroke is complex and multi-faceted, individuals may wonder, how is a stroke diagnosed? Learning how a stroke is diagnosed can help you and your loved ones understand what is happening in the hospital in the case of an event. This article will discuss the potential exams used to diagnose a stroke, the early […]

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Lacunar Stroke: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A lacunar stroke occurs within the deep parts of the brain, such as the thalamus, basal ganglia, or pons. It is a type of ischemic stroke, which occurs when an artery that supplies blood within the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. While there are many possible causes, most survivors of lacunar stroke had […]

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Seizures After Head Injury: Understanding How a Post-Traumatic Seizure Can Occur

Individuals may experience seizures after head injury depending on the areas of the brain affected. For example, an injury to the frontal lobe can increase the risk of a frontal lobe seizure. Generally, the more severe a traumatic brain injury, the higher the chances of developing a seizure. Understanding how a post traumatic seizure may […]

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Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury: Understanding the Aftermath

The spinal cord serves as the communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body. After an injury, the transmission of messages may be blocked or interrupted, resulting in a variety of spinal cord injury secondary effects. Understanding what spinal cord injury effects may occur can help you or your loved one take […]

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Understanding Potential Spinal Cord Injury Complications

When the spinal cord sustains an injury it can lead to motor and sensory effects such as spasticity (muscle tightness), numbness, or breathing difficulties, just to name a few. When these effects are left untreated, they can progress into more serious spinal cord injury complications. Thus, it’s important to be aware of the potential complications […]

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