Many traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors are left with significant disability. The brain is, however, very adaptable and, with the correct physiotherapy input, recovery can take place over a period of years. People often witness a rapid period of recovery in the first few weeks following a TBI, followed by a slower recovery over the following years. To gain the maximum recovery, physiotherapy treatment should be continued immediately once you leave hospital until your full potential has been reached.
You will be discharged from hospital when you are medically stable. Being discharged from hospital does not mean that you will not improve further. Your rehabilitation should continue as soon as you leave hospital. With the correct physiotherapy input and advice you still have lots of potential to improve over the coming years.
Unfortunately, due to current constraints of the NHS, many people are not referred for physiotherapy or are seen only for a brief period once they leave hospital.
With the correct level of physiotherapy input long term improvements can be made. Manchester Neuro Physio commonly see individuals make significant improvements.
During your initial assessment you will discuss your short and long term rehabilitation goals. These goals will then be at the centre of your rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy will assist you in regaining as much movement and function as possible. Treatment often focuses on sitting balance, standing balance, walking, using your affected arm / hand and managing any changes in muscle tone, pain or stiffness.
Neurological TBI physiotherapy can help:
- improve balance and walking
- increase ability to roll / move in bed / sit / stand
- reduce muscle spasms, pain and stiffness
- increase strength
- retrain normal patterns of movement
- increase affected arm and leg function
- increase energy levels
- increase independence and quality of life
- decrease risk of falls
After a TBI many people experience difficulties performing tasks that were previously simple. This can make everyday life a struggle for both you and those close to you. Manchester Neuro Physio will advise you on the use of walking aids, splints, supports and home equipment to make your life easier.
During treatment sessions our neurological physiotherapists will lead you through a progressive programme of functional exercises to increase your mobility and muscle control. The physiotherapists at Manchester Neuro Physio will usually teach you (and if appropriate your family members / carers) exercises to be continued between treatment sessions.
Manchester Neuro Physio are able to provide manual handling training sessions for carers and families. This training involves teaching safe therapeutic handling and positioning techniques that will promote normal movement and postural alignment to those caring for you. The therapeutic use of specific hoists and slings can also be taught. Where required postural, bed, seating and wheelchair assessments can be carried out by our specialist physiotherapists. Following this assessment our physiotherapists can refer you to appropriate NHS or private services to obtain input from other health professionals.
Having a TBI is a life changing event. TBIs can lead to changes in personality, feelings of frustration and reduced confidence. At Manchester Neuro Physio we aim to make our treatment sessions effective and enjoyable. Many patients develop close relationships with our physiotherapists. This, combined with increased function and independence, allows our patients to lead as fulfilling lives as their potential allows.
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