Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? Every March for the past 30 years we recognize and raise awareness about brain injury. At One on One Physical Therapy, we have an expert neurological Physical Therapist (PT), Dr. Laura Glazebrook, that is here to help you in your recovery following a brain injury and stroke rehab. 

What Is A Brain Injury?

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): typically the result of a sudden impact to the brain from a car accident, fall, or an assault
  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): results from birth trauma, tumors, lack of oxygen, or overdose
  • Stroke: caused by a hemorrhage or blood clot
  • Infection: such as meningitis or encephalitis
  • Concussion (sometimes known as a mild TBI): occurs in sports, car accidents, or blast injuries (common in the military)

What Do We Know About Brain Injury?

Every single brain injury is different, and no two people are affected the same way. The severity of a brain injury is widely variable, as are the effects it can have on someone. The location of the injury determines what brain functions are impaired. Brain injury is referred to as an invisible disability, as its effects typically aren’t seen at first glance. It is common for individuals living with brain injury to also have mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, which can impact how they interact with the world.

Challenges Following A Brain Injury Can Include:

  • Paralysis or weakness on one or both sides of the body
  • Mild to severe muscle stiffness
  • Pain related to muscle imbalances
  • Postural instability and feeling off-balance
  • Increased risk for falls
  • Lack of coordination
  • Memory impairments
  • Poor concentration
  • Inability to multitask

All of the above issues can affect someone’s ability to function in their everyday life. Physical Therapy with a Neurological PT can be a great asset for people struggling from the effects of brain injury or stroke. Even if it has been a while since the injury itself, physical therapy may help restore function and lighten the load. Neuro PTs also have access to a number of resources including adaptive sports and specific equipment that can greatly improve quality of life in many cases.

You Are Not Alone!

Millions of Americans are a part of the brain injury community and have varying levels of difficulty they manage every day. There are many resources available to help with the emotional, mental, and physical challenges associated with brain injury.  If you, or someone you know, are struggling with the effects of a brain injury or stroke, contact One on One Physical Therapy to schedule a physical therapy evaluation, or email laurag@onetherapy.com for more information.

Dr. Laura Glazebrook earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Georgia in 2012. Laura joins One on One Physical Therapy after spending 6 years specializing in neurological disorders, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in a dance studio, but currently enjoys an active lifestyle including running, triathlons, Pilates and yoga. In her time outside the office, she and her husband enjoy traveling and navigating the mayhem of parenting. You can email Laura at laurag@onetherapy.com. To learn more, visit www.onetherapy.com.