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Recognizing Depression & Anxiety

Published on Jan 29, 2020 at 7:43 pm in Brain Injury.

People that have suffered a concussion or TBI, and those that care for people with complex needs are at greater risk to suffer from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. How do you recognize someone struggling with mental health issues? Mental illness is identified as a change in thinking, mood, behaviour and is associated with distress and impaired function. It is difficult because often those in the greatest need can present as being confident, strong and in control of their life. When people are talking about their feelings, they are trying to find help, but when they go silent, you need to be aware. Mental illness or mental impairment is never to be taken lightly and professional care is always recommended. Some things you can do to help are: (A list of professional resources is provided at the end of this article.)

Preventing Bedsores in TBI Patients Being Cared for at Home

Published on Dec 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm in Brain Injury.

Close up of hospital bed

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, happen when a person is bedridden for an extended period of time because they are unable to relieve pressure on certain body parts. Depending on how much pressure is on the skin, bedsores can be anywhere from mild to deadly. What makes pressure ulcers most dangerous, though, is that if your loved one with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unconscious or unable to sense pain, the sores could go unnoticed and get worse.

Survivor – Holiday Season – Will You Have Immunity or Be Voted Off?

Published on Dec 12, 2019 at 12:40 am in Brain Injury.

‘Tis the season. For some this is a wonderful time of the year. Friends, family, get togethers, bright lights that twinkle, snow falling, shopping centres packed with people talking and laughing, bells ringing, and baked treats. What is not to love about this time of year? This is Survivor Victory.

Take a moment and imagine getting through a day with a migraine, stomach flu, body aches, and a broken leg or arm – with a smile on your face. To some people the holidays are just that. Bright twinkling lights amplify persistent headaches, snow falling creates problems with mobility and increases the risks of slip and falls. The cold weather creates added discomfort and extra warmth is needed as aches and pains react to temperature changes. Malls crowded with people create sensory issues from noise, crowded space, everyday lights of the shops, and now add Christmas lights, and ringing bells – Oh the bells! Echoing the ringing already in their ears. Now we are going to a party? STOP! This is Survivor Defeat.

Caregiver Support – Put Your Oxygen Masks On

Published on Dec 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm in Brain Injury.

If you have ever been on a plane, you have undoubtedly heard the safety drill before you take off on a trip. One part of this demonstration always stands out to me – the bit about the oxygen masks. What do they tell you to do? Put your mask on first and then help others. Why? Because if you pass out you can not help others around you. If you think about their instructions it makes sense. That safety procedure applies to you, the primary caregivers of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury victims. The people you care for need you, and let’s be honest– some days it can be exhausting physically, mentally, and emotionally. So, how do you keep yourself from crashing, caregiver burnout and frustration outbursts? You must learn to take a moment for you and hiding under covers or in the shower doesn’t count. I will warn you; self-care is not as easy as it sounds.

How Much Do Doctors Typically Educate the Loved ones of a TBI Patient?

Published on Nov 14, 2019 at 8:42 pm in Brain Injury.

Three doctors examining X-ray

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) not only affects the patient, but it can have a devastating impact on the patient’s family members. Every injury is unique, which means every victim suffers from different symptoms. The recovery process varies significantly, as factors like the type of injury, severity, patient’s age, and even economic status can impact a person’s ability to return to their pre-injury status.

While the TBI survivor will have their recovery to focus on, loved ones may feel at a loss as to what the future looks like or what to do. Unfortunately, doctors rarely provide the education loved ones need to fully understand what their loved one is going through and what they can do to help. Because of that, we’re here to provide you with some information so you feel more in control of what’s happening in your life.

Does the Player Always Assume the Risk in a Sports Injury?

Published on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm in Brain Injury.

Runners at start of track race

If you’ve been injured while playing a sport, you may be wondering if there’s a legal course of action you can take to recover from your injuries. In some cases, the player assumed the risk in a sports injury, but this is not always the case. Determining liability depends on the specific facts of a case. Signing a waiver doesn’t necessarily mean you’re completely accountable for what happened to you. In order to understand your rights, let’s start by taking a look at the most common sports injuries.

Predicting the Recovery Time for a Patient with a TBI

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 6:45 pm in Brain Injury.

Doctor holding chart

Any time someone sustains a head injury, it’s imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible. While some injuries are visible, many are not. A person could appear completely unharmed while actually having sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Once a person is seen by medical professionals, an official diagnosis and treatment plan can be made, so recovery can begin.

Predicting the recovery time for a patient with a TBI is challenging. There are a number of elements to take into consideration including, the severity of the injury, what part of the brain is damaged, the amount of rehabilitation, and the patient’s support system. Understanding the factors that could impact your recovery time, in addition to learning about how to maximize your chances of healing, can give you an idea of how long your recovery will take.

What Are Canada’s Laws Regarding Athletes and Head Injuries?

Published on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm in Brain Injury.

Scans of a human brain

As any athlete will tell you, injuries are typically a part of participating in any sport. They can happen during practice, at a training facility, in a school gym, or on the field or court. While the majority of injuries can be easily treated, there are those, like concussions, that can compromise an athlete’s ability to function or be life-threatening.

High-impact sports like football and hockey can easily result in a concussion if a player sustains a blow to the head. Even a minor hit can be enough to cause the brain to make contact with the skull. It’s important for athletes, coaches, and others to be aware of concussions and their impact. While there aren’t many Canadian laws regarding athletes and head injuries in British Columbia, there are some regarding youth sports.

What Other Sports Cause Brain Injuries?

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 2:34 pm in Brain Injury.

Even a minor brain injury has the potential to completely change the course of a person’s life. While sport-related injuries rarely result in fatalities, sports and other recreational activities account for a significant number of traumatic brain injuries – especially among those between the ages of five and 19.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately 46,000 children and teens are diagnosed with concussions in emergency departments every year. The majority of these injuries occur while participating in a sport. While it’s common to associate brain injuries with hockey, there are a number of sports that can pose a risk to players. If you or a family member participates in sports, it’s crucial to understand what the risks are for sustaining a brain injury, and what can be done to reduce the chance of getting hurt.

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