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Symptoms of Brain Injury: An Overview

Your friend complains of short spells of dizziness and headache. She later tells you that she had suffered from a mild head injury by slipping and falling in the kitchen. You also find out that she is also facing sensory problems like ringing in her ears and blurred vision. And before you know it, she is being admitted in the hospital as the previous symptoms have worsened. Turns out that “mild” head injury had aggravated and turned into traumatic brain injury. Be it a blow or knock to the head and even a minor accident, taking such injuries lightly can result in severe brain damage. Some other causes include sports-related and motor vehicle accidents, falls, and physical assaults. Understanding the symptoms hence becomes imperative for both the patient and the rehabilitation specialist. The rehab experts can then formulate a patient-centric therapy and exercise program for their betterment. Thus, it is integral for patients to understand the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury: • Cognitive – Problems in paying attention, getting distracted easily or unable to concentrate on any chore. Many patients also suffer from memory loss, confusion and problem in processing information. • Sensory – Difficulty in interpreting temperature, touch, and...
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Treatment Aspects of Cardiac Rehabilitation

The primary aim of rehabilitation is to ensure that you gain back your life and freedom of movement. When a cardiovascular disorder occurs, it affects you mentally and physically. An individualized cardiac rehabilitation program helps in improving your health and also prevents future cardiac events like stroke, myocardial infarction or heart attack. Such optimal rehab therapy programs further aid patients in recovering from interventional and surgical procedures. Before going forward with the rehab program, it is essential to understand what the treatment goals include along with their effectiveness. The long-term goals include the identification and treatment of cardiac risk factors. The short-term goals include restoring a patient’s cardiac health and helping them regain their independence. The rehabilitation program begins with a thorough medical evaluation. Creating a comprehensive program, suited to a patient’s requirement is the primary aim of rehab specialists. Supervised and graded exercise is another integral part of cardiac therapy. Rehab specialists also have to educate patients about controlling the risk factors through lifestyle changes. Here are some positive ways in which the treatment aspects of cardiac rehabilitation can improve the quality of life: Physical activities - Rehab specialists will recommend certain exercises like walking, jogging or cycling. Endurance...
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A Brief Glimpse of Speech Therapy & Rehabilitation for Stroke Patients

Stroke attack occurs when a clot obstructs the blood flow to the brain. This can result in problems like swallowing and communication which are some of the common effects, after a stroke. In such cases, undergoing a dedicated Speech and Language therapy program will be beneficial for you. Therapists will first assess the difficulties you are facing and then proceed with the rehabilitation program. These specialists understand that ineffective communication after a stroke becomes a hindrance for you. Here are some of the issues which you should be aware of – • Choking or coughing sensation while eating or drinking • Speaking jumbled sentences or pronouncing certain words incorrectly • Difficulty in forming speech and words due to the weakened mouth muscles • Problems in understanding languages Speech and language therapy is an integral part of stroke rehabilitation. Working with trained experts will help patients in regaining lost skills which were affected due to stroke. Assessing your strengths, weaknesses and personal goals will aid in shaping the speech rehabilitation process. The therapy will enable you in learning and improving your speech skills. Speech pathologists utilize variety of tools and methods to help you in regaining your communication skills. They use...
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