Living with Concussion the Natural Way
Rachel Derrington is not the same person she was before her brain swelled up and changed her attitude, priorities and sense of self. She is better. Rachel shares the four things that turned her from an survivor to a thriver.
Letter From the Other Side — Return from a Traumatic Brain Injury
The Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page writes about rebuilding his life after a traumatic brain injury.
I Can Fix You
It took a few minutes to go over my medical history as we sat in his exam room. He took a few notes, listened to our story, took a few more notes, and asked a question or two. He then looked us square in the eyes and uttered four words. “I can fix you.”
Are Kids Getting More Concussions Than We Realize?
A new study estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher than the previously reported.
Finding New Ways To Treat Memory Problems
Vivid and unusual images can help a person with TBI remember new information.
My Insurance-Driven Recovery
It’s a tough nut to swallow when you look back and realize with stunning clarity that the very quality of day-to-day life after a TBI is largely determined by how well insured you are.
Can the Drugs Namenda and Aricept Help After Brain Injury?
Learn about the risks and benefits of these drugs for symptoms of brain injury.
What Is the Ideal Timeline to Do MRIs, fMRIs, DTIs, and Fiber Tracking to Diagnose TBI?
More than imaging, diagnosis of TBI is still based on the initial symptoms at the time of the injury.
The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Military-Related Post-Concussive Symptoms
Research on HBO2 therapy concluded that it does not help manage symptoms from mild traumatic brain injury.
Testing Brain Injury-Related Vision Issues with People Who Can’t Communicate
How do you test the vision of someone with TBI who cannot communicate — talk or respond otherwise to questions?
Can Ritalin Help Mitigate Brain Injury Symptoms?
Learn about the risks and benefits of taking Ritalin after a brain injury.
Expectations Versus Recommendations After a Brain Injury
People with TBI often had higher expectations for work and social life than their post-acute program staff recommended, a discrepancy partially attributed to TBI-related cognitive disorders.
Sharing the Pain or Over-Sharing?
While the fields of medicine and psychology have argued for strict boundaries between patients and their doctors, other professional bodies have begun to recognize the value of sharing their own narrative.
HBOT: A Way to Heal the Injured Brain?
Dr. Bruce Gottlieb likens hyperbaric oxygen therapy to a catalyst, "like Miracle-Gro for your lawn. The soil has to be good for it to work.”
Ohio State University TBI Identification Method
This presentation provides health care and social service professionals with an interview guide designed to elicit a patient's history of traumatic brain injury.
Early Research on the Use of Neuroimaging for Tailoring TBI Rehabilitation
A specific analytical technique used during MRI may help people choose among possible cognitive rehab interventions.
What Medical Care Should a TBI Patient Receive?
How medical personnel try to stabilize the patient and assess the level of consciousness.
What Immediate Post-Injury Complications Can Occur From a TBI?
There are distinct medical complications that may arise as a result of the injury to the brain.
What Are the Causes of and Risk Factors for TBI?
Causes of TBI can range from falls to motor vehicle accidents. Learn more.
Brain Injury as a Chronic Disease: An Interview with Brent Masel, MD
Physicians spend a lot of time in school learning about obscure diseases and yet we’re not taught about a medical condition like TBI that every single medical specialist will encounter over and over. Chronic brain injury MUST be a part of every health care student’s curriculum.
Is It True That You Should Keep Someone Awake Who Has Sustained a TBI?
Keeping someone awake after a mild TBI is no longer recommended, but keeping an eye on the person is.
Improving Tolerance for Exercise After a Brain Injury
Gradually and systematically increasing your activity levels may help you exercise with fewer TBI-related side effects.
Neurotechnology for Brain Injury Fact Sheet
An introduction to brain injury and neurotechnology including an overview of the many clinical applications.
Fighting the "TBI Wars": New Alternatives for TBI Survivors
In A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway wrote, “The world breaks us all, then after, some are strong at the broken places.”
The Ups and Downs of Changing Medications After Brain Injury
Talk with your health provider about fatigue, medication, and side effects.
Alcohol Use After Traumatic Brain Injury
After brain injury, many people notice their brains are more sensitive to alcohol. Learn about the effects of drinking post-injury and what to do and not do.
Nourish Your Noggin: Nutrition and Your Brain
What you eat greatly influences your body's ability to function well — physically and emotionally. Eating right is even more important after a brain injury.
Nourish Your Noggin: What Foods to Avoid and Why
Foods are best eaten in their most alive, natural states. Learn more about what you put in your body and how it can affect you physically and emotionally.
What About Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy?
CRT may be like the proverbial elephant — it feels different to different people depending on their circumstances and perspective. But, it may be essential to quality of life for people with TBI.
More Reasons to Exercise After a Brain Injury
Improved mood, cardiovascular fitness, and increased self-esteem are some of the main reasons people with a brain injury should partake in regular exercise.
Acupuncture Helps Brain Injury-Related Sleep Issues
Medication and acupuncture both help with sleep issues after brain injury but acupuncture has fewer side effects.
TBI's Miracle Drug
An accidental discovery about 20 years ago has led to a cyclosporine pharmaceutical on the threshold of approval for brain injury.
Does Having a Brain Injury Mean I'll Get Dementia When I'm Older?
An association between TBI and dementia exists, but the definitive research is still out.
Subspeciality Certification in Brain Injury Medicine
A new subspecialty has been created to address the growing need to monitor, assess, and advance new technologies for people with brain injury.
A Guide to Neuropsychological Testing
Neuropsychological testing can help you and your doctors better understand your injury and plan for the most effective therapy.
Eight Key Questions to Ask About Clinical Trials
What to know and ask before joining a clinical trial.
Should I Enter a Clinical Trial?
For people who are thinking about enrolling in a clinical trial — and their loved ones — learn the basics and more.
Martial Arts and Brain Injury
Learn more about “bumps to the head” and their possible future ramifications.
Understanding Clinical Trials: Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial may help you and many people after you. But it can be an overwhelming decision to make.
Glossary of Clinical Trials Terms
From "cohort" to "placebo," learn the terms needed to educate yourself about clinical trials.
Can Symptoms of TBI Show Up a Few Years After an Injury?
Learn how a TBI can play a role in a child’s motor skills and language development.
Use of Zoloft After Brain Injury
This drug does not prevent cognitive and behavioral problems after at TBI, but may help treat them.
Identifying Brain Injury in State Juvenile Justice, Corrections, and Homeless Populations
Learn about "undiagnosed TBI" and why it is a significant societal problem.
What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?
It doesn’t take an expert …anyone can see that they don’t want those brown, ugly spots on their brains.
Podcasts: Assisting Patients with TBI: A Brief Guide for Primary Care Physicians
A four-part series for healthcare professionals who are NOT specialists in brain injury.
What Is the Glasgow Coma Scale?
This standard scale measures levels of consciousness in a person following a brain injury. Learn how it works.
Peer Group Support Can Enhance Well-Being After Brain Injury
Peer group intervention helped improve depression scores and community integration.
Post-Traumatic Amnesia and Functional Outcome After Brain Injury
The longer the amnesia, the longer the recovery.
Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain: Nutritional Tips to Speed Recovery
A hungry brain cannot function. Give it the food and nutrients it needs.
What Is Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?
Biofeedback has been shown to decrease anxiety responses after injury. Learn more.
Brain Injury Resource Directory
A national directory of TBI outpatient rehab, residential rehab, and general information services.
What’s Initiation Deficit?
Learn why it can be so difficult for people with brain injury to follow through with a plan or intention.
Does the Label “Concussion” Change Treatment?
Kids who are diagnosed with a “concussion” might not be getting the care they need.
Diagnosing Vision Problems After a Brain Injury
Figuring out the root of a child’s problems in school.
Getting Help After a Second Brain Injury
Neuropsychological testing can help identify impairments and treatment options.
Understanding TBI, Part 3: The Recovery Process
Learn about the stages of recovery after a TBI.
Understanding TBI, Part 2: Brain Injury Impact on Individual Functioning
Learn how an injury affects different regions of the brain.
Understanding TBI, Part 1: What Happens to the Brain During Injury and in the Early Stages of Recovery from TBI?
What exactly is a brain injury and what does recovery look like?
¿Cuáles son las causas y los factores de riesgo para el traumatismo cerebral?
Las causas de la TBI pueden abarcar desde las caídas hasta los accidentes automovilísticos. Entérese más.
¿Qué cuidados médicos debe recibir un paciente con traumatismo cerebral?
Manera cómo el personal médico trata de estabilizar al paciente y de evaluar el nivel de conciencia.
¿Qué complicaciones inmediatas posteriores al trauma pueden ocurrir con traumatismo cerebral?
Hay distintas complicaciones médicas que puedan surgir como consecuencia de la lesión al cerebro.
Hurricane Preparedness, an Oxymoron: Are You Ever Really Prepared?
For people with brain injury or other disabilities, natural disasters can be even more disastrous.
Sleep Medications May Have Unwanted Side Effects
Some sleep medications cause cognitive problems post-TBI.
Severe TBI Can Impact the Cardiac System in Boys
Study shows that severe TBI in boys can affect heart rate.
Vision Issues After Brain Injury: BrainLine Talks with Dr. Gregory Goodrich
Vision problems are common after TBI since 40-50% of the brain is involved in vision.
Deep White Matter Volume Loss — One Predictor of Recovery in Children
WMV loss may be one indicator of brain injury severity.
Hemianopsia and Driving: Are We Asking the Right Questions?
The question really is "which people with hemianopsia can drive" not "can they?"
Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals
These facts are often overlooked. Learn more.
Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons and Jails
Learn about this often underestimated correlation.
What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – and What Should Athletes Know?
What is being done to help protect athletes from repetitive hits to the brain?
Swallowing problems after a TBI can be life-threatening. Learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat them.
Scanning Training in Neurological Vision Loss
This paper discusses the need for comprehensive neurological vision rehab programs for returning troops with TBI and related visual problems.
Revisiting the TBI and Gender Question After TBI
More research is needed to determine if men and women recover differently from brain injury.
Can Head Banging in Children Cause Brain Injury?
An unusual situation, but precautions should be taken to prevent TBI.
Help for Undiagnosed Brain Injury
A childhood fall can cause problems later.
What Happens When a Brain Bleeds?
Learn the difference between subdural and epidural hematomas.
Do Men and Women Fare Differently After TBI?
Learn what researchers know — and still don't know.
How Best to Deal with Professionals Following Brain Injury
Get the most from your legal and medical appointments.
Getting a Brain Injury Far from a Hospital
What do we do if we don’t live near a trauma center?
The Importance of Staying Involved After TBI
Working or volunteering is good for the mind and body.
Interventions For Behavioral Problems After Brain Injury
Success in adapting to changes after injury depends greatly on support from your social network.
How to Deal with Conflicting Advice from Healthcare Professionals
Sorting through different opinions and advice after a brain injury can be hard.
Biologically Based Practices: An Overview
How vitamins, minerals, proteins, whole diets, and more can help.
Manipulative and Body-Based Practices: An Overview
Learn about massage therapy, the Feldenkrais method, chiropractic manipulation, and more.
Mind-Body Medicine: An Overview
An approach that treats the whole person.
The Specifics of Neuropsych Tests
Learn what you need to know — and ask for — from a neuropsych evaluation.
Cognitive Therapy Gave Me the Anchor I Needed
It wasn’t until six months after her car crash that this woman got the help she needed for her brain injury.
When to Go to the Hospital
Even a seemingly minor bump on the head can be dangerous.
Selecting a CAM Practitioner
Find the right specialist.
Are You Considering Using CAM?
What complementary and alternative medicine can offer.
What Is CAM?
Learn about complementary and alternative medicine.
10 Things to Know About Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web
Who can you trust on the web?
Does Hypothermia Help Protect an Injured Brain?
Looking at ways to decrease pressure in the brain.
Energy Medicine: An Overview
Techniques to help the body and mind.
Whole Medical Systems: An Overview
From homeopathy to acupuncture — approaches that may help the body heal itself.
The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan
Learn more about the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury plan.
TBI Screening Tool
This tool can provide you with questions to ask when screening for a TBI, but remember that the interview should flow like a natural dialogue between you and the patient.
The Benefits of Exercise After TBI
Learn why strength begets strength, especially after TBI.
An Interview with Joseph Giacino, PhD
Learn about the needs and care of individuals with disorders of consciousness.
Realizing the Extent of the TBI
How much insight do people have about their limitations?
The Role of Race, Ethnicity, and TBI
Why are African-Americans less satisfied with life one year post-TBI than other ethnic groups?
Diffusion Tensor Imaging
New neuro-imaging may give more specific information post-TBI.
Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Test
This screening tool can be used for the initial evaluation and diagnosis of people who have or may have had a concussion.
What Impact Will Mild TBI Have on a Person's Life?
Follow-up medical attention is crucial as symptoms can often go undetected.
Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome
One brain injury can be catastrophic, but multiple injuries can be life-changing, even fatal.
Complications: Deep Vein Thrombosis
When blood moves slowly, it can develop a deep vein thrombosis, or clot. Learn more about preventing possible blood clots after TBI.
Complications: Swelling or Edema and Contractures
Learn how to prevent and manage swelling and contractures after a TBI.
Brain Injury: Complications and Medical Problems
Learn what can go wrong during hospitalization.
Brain Injury: Common Tests and Procedures
Information about common tests and procedures for people who have sustained a TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injury Among Prisoners
Data suggest that the prevalence of a TBI history for prisoners may be as high as 10 times that of the general population.
Who Are the Rehab Specialists?
This resource is a glossary that describes the different types of rehabilitation specialists.
What is the Course of Treatment Post-TBI?
Awareness and education are essential when it comes to treating brain injury.
Severity of Brain Injury
Every brain injury is unique, but what do these levels of severity really mean?
Traumatic Brain Injury: Future Assessment Tools and Treatment Prospects
Using imaging to assess TBI.
Oxygen is our lifeblood. Learn how a decrease of oxygen supply to the brain can occur after TBI.
Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice Toolkit
An indispensible toolkit for physicians.
Aerobic Exercise Following TBI
Exercise for people with TBI has enormous benefits — both physically and mentally.
TBI Consumer Report: Long-Term Post-TBI Health Problems
Learn about related health problems like depression, thyroid problems, and headaches.
Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons: A Review
Do the majority of people in prison have brain injuries?
My Invisible Disability
One young man's story of how he brought light to tragedy.
TBI Research Review: Unidentified Brain Injury
Sometimes people don't realize that problems like poor memory or behavioral changesa are a result of a "hidden" TBI.
Integration of Neuropsychology in Educational Planning Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Educators need to know what to look for and how to help students with TBI.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, and Stroke
A guide on the strengths and limitations of HBOT for people with TBI.