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Can a TBI Get Worse Over Time? Recovery Chances from a Head Injury Years Later

Can a TBI get worse over time? The short answer is: yes, it can. Every brain injury is different and even though many secondary effects of a brain injury improve with time, others may linger and interfere with rehabilitation.  Survivors with long-term effects can often present signs of decline in their recovery process. Fortunately, there […]

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5. Coping with Brain Injury Anniversary Dates – Survivor, Caregiver, Spouse, & Mother Perspectives

How do we approach brain injury anniversaries? That day can bring up a weird feeling, it can be painful, it can be hard to get through. Each of us will have different experiences with it. Today we will have perspectives from survivors as well as family members. Wherever you are on your journey, my hope […]

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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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Complete Spinal Cord Injury: Causes, Recovery Outlook, and Treatment

About 32% of all spinal cord injuries result in a complete spinal cord injury, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. A complete spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is completely severed. This results in the loss of all sensation and motor control below your level of injury. Fortunately, there is hope for […]

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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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Home Remedies for Head Injury: 10 Effective Ways to Heal the Brain Naturally

After a brain injury, survivors may experience a variety of lingering secondary effects. While pharmaceutical drugs and/or medical procedures can help treat these effects, there are many home remedies for head injury that are just as effective. The brain has the ability to heal naturally after sustaining trauma with various types of homeopathic remedies. This […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis: How to Maximize Your Chances of Recovery

Spinal cord injury paralysis, or loss of muscle function, occurs when the brain and spinal cord cannot communicate with the affected muscles in the body. Lack of communication between the brain and muscles can lead to paraplegia (paralysis in the lower extremities) or quadriplegia (paralysis in the upper and lower extremities). The type of paralysis […]

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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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Scientists Find Molecular Clues Behind Acute and Chronic Phases of Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers identified a unique biomarker associated with only the chronic or acute stage of traumatic brain injury.

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11. The Vestibular System and Brain Injury (with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)

What is the vestibular system? How does it affect brain injury survivors? What symptoms can be caused by dysfunction of this system? Today, Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is here to answer these questions and so much more. Next week, Dr. Schmoe will be back to continue this conversation & talk about Dysautonomia. Season 1 – Episode […]

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12. Dysautonomia – How Autonomic Nervous System is Affected by Brain Injury & Concussions (with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)

What is dysautonomia? How is it related to brain injury? How do you know if you have it? How is it treated?   Today, Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is back for a follow-up on last week’s episode on the vestibular system, to dig even further into some of the ways that autonomics can be affected by […]

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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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Signs of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury: What to Look for & Why It Matters

Every spinal cord injury and recovery process is unique. This means that it can be hard to spot the signs of recovery from spinal cord injury since every person’s journey is different. Factors like medical history, type of spinal cord injury, level of injury, age, and overall health contribute to recovery speed. With so many […]

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Mat Exercises for Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Safe Recovery

Mat exercises for spinal cord injury survivors are ideal because a mat helps lower the risk of falling or straining the joints. Rehabilitation exercise is an important element in spinal cord injury recovery that should be performed on a consistent basis to promote neuroplasticity (central nervous system’s ability to rewire itself) and improve mobility. After […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Shoulder Exercises: Boosting Upper Extremity Strength & Mobility

Practicing spinal cord injury shoulder exercises consistently can help increase range of motion, lengthen stiff muscles, and reduce pain. Shoulder pain is often caused by overusing the arm after a spinal cord injury. Some survivors may also experience weakness or immobility in the shoulders. If the shoulders are neglected for too long, it can create […]

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