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How to Recover Hand Function After Brain Injury: Causes, Types, & Treatment

Understanding how to recover hand function after brain injury is essential to promote recovery. Often, the hands are the slowest part of the body to recover because they are furthest from the midline of the body. Slow progress is still progress, and there are many ways to boost your recovery such as rehab exercise.  This […]

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6. Adapting + Adjusting to Life After Brain Injury (Survivor Stories)

Simply put… life is different after brain injury. So what is it like adjusting and adapting to living with symptoms and everything else that comes with having a brain injury? Today you’ll hear from two survivors sharing their stories, and how they have been learning to live in the “new normal”. My hope is that […]

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Learning to Read Again After Brain Injury: How to Improve Pure Alexia

Survivors may experience pure alexia after brain injury, which involves difficulty with reading. This usually occurs when a brain injury affects the posterior left hemisphere of the brain. While learning to read again after brain injury can be challenging, it is possible to improve pure alexia. Speech-language pathologists (SLP) and occupational therapists (OTs) are excellent […]

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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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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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Cognitive Speech Therapy: How to Improve Communication After Brain Injury

Communication is a complex function that involves various skills such as attention, comprehension, speech, memory, and more. When cognitive skills become affected by a brain injury, cognitive speech therapy can help survivors improve their communication and overall cognitive function. This article will discuss the causes and symptoms of cognitive-communication disorders, as well as numerous cognitive […]

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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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Numbness & Tingling After Spinal Cord Injury: What It Means & How to Promote Recovery

After a spinal cord injury, survivors may experience changes in sensation such as numbness and/or tingling below the level of injury. While this can raise concern, tingling after a spinal cord injury can sometimes be a sign of recovery. Changes in sensation should be taken seriously though, because numbness or tingling in the body can […]

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Finding Confidence After Concussions (with Allison Cook, Miss Oregon USA)

Today we’re kicking off Season 2 with five time concussion survivor and Miss Oregon USA, Allison Cook, on finding confidence and knowing your worth. We talk about coping with symptoms, overcoming imposter syndrome, the invisible injury, and more!   NOTES 0:00 Intro 1:41 Welcome to Season 2 9:24 Introducing Allison 12:39 Allison’s Concussion Journey 15:59 Coping […]

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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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Communication and Cognition after Brain Injury (Podcast with Katherine Noyes)

Communication is so important to our world, but it can be drastically affected for brain injury survivors. Difficulties include word finding, forming ideas, expressing oneself, understanding nonverbal cues, and more… so let’s work to understand this deeper and talk about some tips that can help! Today we are diving into the connection between communication and […]

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Why is Sleep so Important? + Sleep Disturbances after Brain Injury (Dr. Roy Wilkins – Part 1)

Dr. Roy Wilkins is an expert in sleep medicine – and a brain injury survivor himself! This week we will learn the importance of how sleep affects the brain. Dr. Wilkins also shares some of his own journey with TBI, along with why there can be sleep disturbances after a brain injury. Stay tuned for […]

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Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury: What to Expect After L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 SCI

A lumbar spinal cord injury can cause varying degrees of paralysis in the lower body, also known as paraplegia. With effective management strategies, individuals with lumbar spinal cord injuries can maximize their functional abilities and lead fulfilling lives. To help you understand what to expect after a lumbar spinal cord injury, this article will discuss: Definition […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Exercises: Improving Mobility After SCI

When a spinal cord injury disrupts the transmission of signals between the brain and body, spinal cord injury exercises can often help restore communication. Rehab exercises are essential for activating neuroplasticity, which is the central nervous system’s ability to rewire itself and strengthen neural pathways. When searching for spinal cord injury exercises to add to […]

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