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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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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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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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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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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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19 Helpful Gifts for Stroke Patients that Improve Recovery

Below you’ll find a roundup of the best gifts for stroke patients — from stocking stuffers to meaningful, premium gadgets. Whether you’re shopping for someone’s birthday or getting a (really) early start on Christmas shopping, these stroke recovery gifts are guaranteed to please. We’ll start with small gifts that show appreciation without breaking the bank. […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Exercises: 20 Physical & Cognitive TBI Exercises

Many of the secondary effects caused by a TBI can be managed through traumatic brain injury recovery exercises. Rehabilitation provides many benefits such as improving movement, rebuilding strength, and restoring cognitive function. Finding fun, engaging exercises is crucial to ensure you make the most out of your recovery. To help you navigate the rehabilitation process, […]

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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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7 Signs of Recovery from Stroke: How to Know When You’re on the Right Track

You’ve probably heard your therapist mention that every stroke is different and therefore every recovery will also be different. This makes it hard to know what to expect on the road to recovery. What does it look like when someone is improving? What does it mean if symptoms regress? Are there any signs of recovery […]

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Home Exercise Program for Stroke Recovery: How Patients Can Stay Motivated During Rehabilitation

After discharge from the hospital after a stroke, many survivors participate in outpatient therapy about once per week. However, this may not be enough to produce fast results. Fortunately, incorporating a home exercise program for stroke recovery can help keep the brain stimulated and encourage recovery to continue. This article will discuss the benefits of […]

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Aquatic Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Recovery with Pool Exercises

Aquatic therapy for spinal cord injury rehabilitation is an effective way to develop balance, strength, and movement patterns. Aquatic therapy is a safe form of physical therapy for survivors when supervised by a trained physical therapist. A physical therapist can provide various pool exercises for spinal cord injury suited to your ability level that can […]

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15 Foods that Help Stroke Recovery: What to Include and Avoid in Your Diet

Knowing the best foods that help stroke recovery can help you create a diet rich in brain-healthy foods. For some guidance, we’ve composed a list of food for stroke patients that provide a variety of benefits, all backed by clinical evidence. There are also lots of fruits on the list because they are rich sources […]

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Applying Creativity to Brain Injury Recovery (Podcast with Ali Rheaume)

What does it mean to have a creative mindset – and how can it help recovery? Let’s talk about it! This week Cristabelle is joined by fellow survivor Ali Rheaume to discuss the benefits of creativity, and how having a creative mindset can aid in adaptability. This is an encouraging episode full of practical tips […]

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40. Vestibular Rehab + Ways to Improve/Maintain Recovery (with Sonia Vovan, PT)

After a brain injury, the vestibular system can be impacted and cause symptoms such as feeling off-balance, dizziness, vertigo, headaches, vision, and more. So this week we are discussing all things vestibular recovery with Sonia Vovan, PT! Sonia is here to share her expertise and educate us on all things vestibular rehabilitation, focusing on things […]

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