An occupational therapist can help you address those daily life challenges which prevent you living the life you want to live.
In this article we share with you:
Acquired brain injury (ABI) refers to any damage to the brain that occurs after birth. Common causes of ABI include accidents, stroke, infection, alcohol and other drug abuse and degenerative neurological disease.
Over 700,000 Australians have a brain injury, with daily “activity limitations”https://www.braininjuryaustralia.org.au/
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an ABI caused by a traumatic event, from an external force applied to the head from an assault, a fall a motor vehicle accident.ABI is common in Australia. In 2003, 432,700 people (2.2% of the population) had an ABI. https://www.braininjuryaustralia.org.au
Whilst a full recovery is expected within 3 months (King, 1997, Van der Naalt, 2001) after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or concussion), not all patients experience such rapid recovery (ONF). There are a number of factors which may impact on recovery such as
Persistent symptoms will be varied and individualized given the above mentioned factors. This may be symptoms which may continue to persist and impact a persons life may include
If these symptoms are persistent, you may benefit from following up with your GP. A person with mTBI and pre-injury mental health conditions, or any other health or contextual risk factors, should be considered for early referral to a multidisciplinary treatment clinic capable of managing post concussive symptoms because these factors have been associated with poorer outcomes.
The largest professional group of OTs in the world, the American Occupational Therapy Association highlight how an OT can help you in your Brain Injury recovery process;
“Occupational therapy practitioners are experts in assessing functional activity demands against the performance abilities of clients and identifying and addressing deficits; therefore, they are key members of the community reintegration team. Through their expertise in task analysis, environmental modifications, and functional activities, they can help individuals with brain injuries re-learn skills or compensate for impairments. Community-based occupational therapy can help individuals with brain injury improve the quality of their lives and regain their maximal level of independence.
Because each person’s brain injury is different, an brain injury rehabilitation program will be personalised to your situation. Common brain injury OT services include;
The occupational therapy practice was formed to work with the body, encourage the spirit, and respect the person. With a unique and specialised focus on adults with neurological and complex therapy needs.
We can see you either in your home or at work, in the clinic or online.
Our approach is different. We form a bond with you which respects your medical, personal, social, cultural, physical, and functional experiences and histories.
We help people, maybe like you, find their strength and hope in order to achieve your goals. You can read more about our practice and it’s founder, David Norris, here.
At OT Brisbane we offer programs to people living with brain injury under various funding schemes. From Self Funded or Private Insurance to Aged Care and the NDIS OT services are available.
The memory health clinic offers services and programs to people and their families who are recovering from a mild TBI. You can expect a therapist to assess your current cognitive fitness and how this impacts your daily life. From this first consultation a therapy plan is recommended. Memory Assessment and Therapy Service and programs are available for people who are Self Funded or Privately Insured or have access to Aged Care and NDIS programs
To find out more call 1300 783 200 or fill in the form with as much relevant information below and a team member will contact you shortly.