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Brain Injury and Bracing

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. Usually these are caused by falls, blunt trauma, assaults, sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents. 

Symptoms can vary based on the area of the brain affected and the amount of injury. You can classify a brain injury as mild, moderate or severe. A mild injury, also known as a concussion, occurs when the individual does not go unconscious or is unconscious for 30 minutes or less. A moderate injury occurs when the individual is unconscious for more than 30 minutes but less than 24 hours. Any loss of consciousness for more than 24 hours is considered a severe TBI. 

Signs and symptoms may appear at once, within 24 hours, or they may emerge days or weeks after the injury. Sometimes the symptoms are subtle. A person may notice a problem but not relate it to the injury. Some people will appear to have no symptoms after a TBI, but their condition worsens later. 

Some common symptoms can include:

  • Inability to remember cause of injury 
  • Confusion or disorientation 
  • Headache 
  • Dizziness 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Ringing in the ears 
  • Trouble speaking 
  • Changes in emotions 
  • Changes in sleep patterns 

Treatment is always tailored to meet the individual’s specific needs and the symptoms they possess. Usually this therapy can range from physical and occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, psychology/psychiatry, social support and/or orthotic treatment. Different types of orthoses can be fabricated and custom fit to the patient to help restore lost function for those who have sustained weakness or numbness as a result of the injury. Some common orthoses that these individuals can use are leg braces (AFOs) or arm braces (WHOs). Mild cases may benefit with foot orthotics or shoe modifications. 

If you or your loved one has sustained a TBI and think you would benefit from an orthosis to help restore some lost function, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office for a complimentary assessment. 

The Custom Orthotics Team (519) 850-4721 | office@customorthoticsoflondon.com | @cool_bracing


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