An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain and can occur from many situations from birth to later in life such as-
- Traumatic Brain Injury- from a fall, road traffic accident or assault
- Lack of oxygen (hypoxia)
- Brain Haemorrhage
A mild to moderate brain injury may result in a period of sickness, dizziness and unconsciousness, lasting from a few minutes to a few hours.
A severe brain injury is defined when a patient has been unconscious for more than 6 hours.
Symptoms can be wide ranging, depending on the site and severity of injury, and can include balance problems, loss of mobility, spasticity, memory and other cognitive problems.
Physiotherapy aims to develop alternate neural pathways in the brain, to encourage new pathways to take over the role of the damaged cells. (neuroplasticity).
At Neuro Physio Wales, we have vast experience in treating brain injuries and working within the medico-legal field as part of the multi disciplinary team.
We run a weekly brain injury rehabilitation circuit for our clients which also incorporates a social aspect to their rehabilitation.