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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body and may affect your brain cells.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is brain damage caused by events after birth, rather than as part of a genetic or congenital disorder.

We work with a wide variety of types of brain injuries (TBI / ABI), if you don’t see your condition listed don’t lose hope. Contact us to talk through your condition and symptoms with a Patient Care Coordinator.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Domestic Violence - Assault

Each year in the United States, approximately 4.8 million physical assaults are perpetrated against women by an intimate partner, an underestimation due to the overall lack of reporting among survivors. Unfortunately, repeated traumatic brain injury is typical of ongoing domestic violence. And women who receive a traumatic brain injury as the result of domestic violence may be more likely than others to experience Post-Concussion Syndrome.

Not every case of assault-related TBI is the result of domestic violence. Violent assault is one of the three top causes of Traumatic Brain Injury. Attacks by strangers are also a growing contributor to the number of people experiencing TBI.

Vehicle Accident

Over half of all reported Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are the result of an auto accident. Trauma to the brain can occur when your head strikes a steering wheel or windshield. There may or may not be an open wound, however an open wound isn’t necessary for a Traumatic Brain Injury to occur. A TBI is the result of a moving head coming to a quick stop but the brain continues in its movement, striking the interior of the skull.

Stroke

A stroke occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a portion of your brain is blocked. Without oxygen, brain cells start to die after a few minutes. Sudden bleeding in the brain also can cause a stroke if it damages brain cells. If brain cells die or are damaged because of a stroke, symptoms occur in the parts of the body that these brain cells control. Examples of stroke symptoms include sudden weakness; paralysis or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, trouble speaking.

Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)

Tumor and Post-Chemotherapy

A tumor is a mass of tissue that’s formed by an accumulation of abnormal cells. When a tumor occurs in your brain it can cause damage to sensitive brain tissue as it grows and compresses brain tissue. Surgery can add to the risk of lasting brain injuries. Chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes have also been an increasing concern among cancer survivors. Post-chemotherapy cognitive changes frequently include problems in attention, concentration, working memory, and executive function.

Infectious Disease

Your brain, spinal cord, and its surrounding structures can become infected by a large spectrum of germs. Bacteria and viruses are the most common offenders. Parasites, fungi, and other organisms can infect the central nervous system (CNS), although more rarely. The infecting germ causes an inflammation of the affected area and depending on the location of the infection, different names are given to the diseases: Meningitis, Encephalitis, Myelitis, Abscess.

Lack of Oxygen

Hypoxic-ischemic injury, also known as HII or stagnant anoxia occurs when some internal event prevents enough oxygen-rich blood from reaching the brain. While strokes and cardiac arrhythmia can both result in HII, the most frequent cause is cardiac arrest. Strangulation from a physical or domestic assault is also documented to have caused TBI from lack of oxygen.

High Tech Therapies

GyroStim

The GyroStim is a state of the art, multi-axis rotating chair that works with balance, cognitive and sensory integration and can effect proprioception. It is also used as a vestibular therapy for vestibular rehabilitation and in concussion therapy and recovery.

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Patient Testimonials

"Remarkable. ...I worked with Dr. Kaas and she was wonderful!"

- Marrie / Chicago, IL

Stroke

"Brain injuries are scary and I'm just fortunate that I can get through it and live a normal healthy life. I thank everyone in this office for a great week."

Mike / Pasadena CA

ABI - AV Malformation
Subtraction symbol Subtraction symbol Can you help with brain injuries that have affected the cerebellum?
Yes – during your initial Neuro-Exam we will review your Proprioception to identify any issues with your Cerebellum. Proprioception is your sense of movement and body position in space. Affecting voluntary movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and even speech. Tests like the Computerized Dynamic Posturography, or ‘balance board,’ help uncover if there are issues in your proprioception vs. vestibular systems.
Subtraction symbol Subtraction symbol Can you help with brain injuries from auto accidents?
Yes. The effects of each accident are unique to you and your brain but we have seen many patients who are suffering from brain trauma due to a car accident.
Subtraction symbol Subtraction symbol What types of specialized equipment do you use?
The equipment we use is very specific to your individual condition. You can see a sampling of the types of therapies we use on our website. But ultimately it is how these therapies are combined in your Personalized Neuro-Recovery Program that makes all the difference to your recovery.

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