Acquired Brain Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to any damage to the brain that an individual was not born with. There are many different causes of brain damage including lack of oxygen, suffering a stroke, brain tumours, neurological conditions, infections of the brain, alcohol/drug abuse or a traumatic accident (also called Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI). A TBI specifically describes brain injuries that occur due to an external force – for example a motor vehicle accident, falls, assault or trauma from a sporting accident.
Depending on the severity of the injury and the areas of the brain most affected, symptoms related to an ABI may vary. Some common symptoms include:
Changes to physical and sensory function​
  • Muscle weakness, difficulty coordinating or controlling movement (apraxia), changes to muscle tone
  • This may affect how someone walks, moves their limbs, rolls over in bed etc
  • Both mental and physical
Behavioural changes
  • Difficulty modifying emotions
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Difficulty forming words, understanding others, expressing correct phrases
Difficulty planning, problem solving or memory loss
  • This can make it difficult to handle changes in routine, or initiate independent exercises

At The Neuro Practice, we recognise that every client is unique, with their own presentation of symptoms and their own goals. An ABI can occur at any age and all of our clients have very different life goals that they would like to work on. 

These have included things like improving their walking pattern, regaining functional use of an arm to make a cup of tea, being able to safely move into independent living, falls prevention, being able to ride a bike, improving sitting balance, returning to work and many more. 

There is no set rehabilitation program for recovery post ABI, but rather, we assess each client to identify the factors that most limit their ability to engage in their lives. Working closely with both the client and their other supports (family and other health professionals) we aim for a holistic approach to provide individualised therapy that best suits each person’s needs.

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Conditions We Manage

Complex Neurology

Acquired Brain Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury

Cerebral Palsy

Friedreich’s Ataxia

Huntington’s Chorea

Motor Neurone Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Parkinson’s Disease

Spinal Cord Injury

Stroke or Cerebro-Vascular Accident

Vestibular Rehabilitation

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