Head Trauma Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Mindfulness Supports Healing After Head Trauma
Mindfulness therapies complement medical treatments and rehabilitation after head trauma. Research shows they relieve common detrimental symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms to Look for After Head Trauma
There are common signs and symptoms of head trauma and associated traumatic brain injury. Early detection and treatment can improve outcomes.

Swallowing Difficulty Is Common After Head Trauma
Numerous parts of the brain are responsible for the sensory and physical triggers required when chewing and swallowing. Head trauma can affect these.

Kids and Contact Sports: Permanent Brain
Children and adolescents who have repeated sports head trauma are at risk for life-long brain damage and impaired learning processes.

What are the Long-Term Effects of Head Trauma?
Long-term​ effects of head trauma may include depression, personality changes, physical disability, memory problems, and confusion.

Who is Part of the Rehabilitation Team?
Rehabilitation after head trauma requires an organized team of specialists. These specialists develop a unique plan for each patient.

The Anatomy of Head Trauma
Head trauma can damage the face, eyes, ears, nose, brain and soft tissues covering the cranium.

Phases of Rehabilitation after Head Trauma
Getting to a hospital and receiving rehab early after head trauma helps improve long term quality of life.

Palliative Care Eases Suffering After Head Trauma
Symptoms after head trauma include pain, insomnia, depression, difficulty thinking, PTSD and an increased risk of suicide. Palliative care helps.

The Blood Brain Barrier
The blood brain barrier is composed of tightly knit endothelial cells along brain capillaries. It protects the brain but can also keep out treatments


Dangers of Orbital Blowout Fracture
The eye socket bones can be broken during head trauma. One of the most serious consequences of this fracture is damage to the optic nerve. Learn more.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo after Head Trauma
Otoconia, or ear rocks, that came loose during head trauma can cause a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Heterotopic Ossification
Heterotopic ossification is the development of bone in soft tissue. Individuals with traumatic brain injury have an increased risk of this complication.

Electroenecephalogram (EEG) After Head Trauma
The electroencephalogram​ (EEG) provides a visual report of the brain's brain waves which can help diagnose post-TBI problems

Suicide Risk After Head Trauma: What You Need to Know
Survivors of head trauma have a significantly increased risk of suicide. Understanding the signs and where to get help can save lives.

NFL Acknowledges Football, Brain Damage Link
In March of 2016 the NFL acknowledged a link between brain damage and football. What are the risks and how can they be reduced?

Depression: A Common Head Trauma Symptom
Depression is one of the most common symptoms after head trauma. Traumatic brain injury depression is often treated with counseling and medications.

Insomnia after Head Trauma
Insomnia often happens after head trauma. It is especially common in milder head injuries such as concussions. Medical professionals can help.

How Long Does Head Trauma Recovery Take?
Head trauma and traumatic brain injury take time to heal. Getting help from the medical team and adequate psychological support helps.

Help Reduce Head Trauma in Seniors
Senior citizens are at high risk for head trauma from falling down. These tips can help reduce the likelihood of falls.

Frontal Lobe Head Trauma Effects and Treatment
The frontal lobe is the area of the brain most commonly affected by head trauma. Injury to this area of the brain affects the personality.

What to Expect in Rehab After Moderate-to-Severe Head Trauma
Getting to a hospital and receiving rehab early after head trauma helps improve quality of life.

Understanding Intracranial Pressure (ICP)
High intracranial pressure after head trauma can be dangerous. Normalizing ICP helps the brain receive oxygen and recover from injury.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Repetitive mild head injuries, particularly those experienced during sports, leads to an abnormal build up of protein in the brain, permanent damage

Vasogenic and Cytotoxic Brain Edema
Brain edema that occurs after head trauma usually develops from damage to the blood brain barrier, or from rupturing nerve cells.

Common Eye Injuries from Head Trauma
The eyes are especially vulnerable to damage during head trauma. Scrapes, cuts, tears, punctures and bleeding can lead to permanent vision loss.

Craniectomy after Head Trauma
After head trauma and traumatic brain injury, bleeding and swelling lead to high intra-cranial pressure which can be relieved by a craniotomy.

Communication Problems after Head Trauma
Communicating effectively requires numerous areas of the brain. These parts of the brain have to send and receive messages effectively.

Common Issues in Veteran Head Trauma
Veterans face complex issues after head trauma. Proactive screening, treatment and rehabilitation can help. There are resources available for veterans in crisis 24/7.

Treating Head Injury Related Balance Problems
Once the cause of head trauma related balance problems has been determined, a specialized treatment program can be developed by trained therapists.

The Brain can Undergo a Midline Shift!
A midline shift of the brain develops when pressure on one side of the brain pushes it out of alignment. Immediate treatment is usually necessary.

When TBI and PTSD Exist Together
When PTSD and TBI occur together, emotions, behaviors and recovery are all affected. Therapists trained in both conditions can help.

Shunt Placement for Hydrocephalus
After brain injury, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may build up in the ventricles. A drain, called a shunt, may be necessary to normalize brain pressure.

Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken baby syndrome is a preventable cause of brain trauma in death in infants and babies.

Seizures after Head Trauma
Having one seizure after traumatic brain injury increases the likelihood that more will occur. Knowing what can trigger a seizure helps lower risk.

Neurodegenerative Disease after Head Trauma
There is clear evidence that head trauma leads to an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease later in life.

Many Head Trauma Survivors Share These Symptoms
Head trauma survivors are healing long after obvious signs of damage are gone. Fatigue, depression, insomnia and other symptoms are common.

Initial Treatments for Head Trauma
Many structures of the head and face can be injured during head trauma. A complete evaluation is necessary to guide best treatments.

Cognitive Rehabilitation After Head Trauma
Cognitive rehabilitation after head trauma starts early. It is an integral part of recovery and regaining essential cognitive abilities.

At Risk of Seizures After Head Trauma?
Having or witnessing a seizure is a frightening event. Knowing you are at risk can help prepare you and the people around you, so everyone knows what to do.

A Subdural Hematoma Is a Bleed into the Brain
When blood vessels are damaged during head trauma, blood builds up under the dura mater of the brain. This leads to increased pressure and complications.

Hydrocephalus: "Water on the Brain"
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which fluid builds up inside the ventricles of the brain. Untreated it can be life threatening.

Head Trauma is Dangerous for Children
Childhood head trauma can lead to traumatic brain injury and a variety of developmental problems. Learn what happens and how to prevent it here.

Head Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury: What You Need to Know
Head trauma affects millions of Americans a year. Although the long term effects may be serious, much can be done to prevent and treat the injuries.

Head Trauma and Cognitive Impairment
Cognitive and executive functions may be damaged during head trauma. This leads to a variety of symptoms that impair normal day to day function.

Glutamate Brain Cell Damage
Neurotransmitters send chemical signals between nerve cells. A common neurotransmitter in the brain, glutamate, can be toxic after head trauma.

Diagnosing Head Trauma
Diagnosing injuries after head trauma includes close monitoring, x-ray, CT scan, MRI, and neurological testing.

Cranial Nerve Damage from Head Trauma
There are 12 cranial nerves that control most functions of the head, face, and neck. They are vulnerable to damage during head trauma.

Common Skull Fractures
Skull fractures can be Basilar, Compound, Depressed, Diastatic and Linear. Observable signs such as Battle's Sign and Racoon Eyes can help with diagnosis.

What Causes Balance Problems After Head Trauma?
Problems with balance occur in at least 30 percent of head trauma survivors. Determining the root cause is the key to correct treatment.

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