The brain oversees our actions and reactions. When a brain injury occurs, it can disrupt any of our regular functions and create a tremendous amount of confusion and difficulty. And in cases of serious traumatic brain injury, the physical symptoms can persist. They can affect almost any area of the body.
Symptoms of hypopituitarism — a condition in which the pituitary gland does not produce normal amounts of some or all of its hormones — would most likely show up soon after a TBI.
Changes in Taste, Smell, and Hormones After Brain Injury
How and why does a TBI change a person’s ability to taste and smell, and cold hands and feet, too?
More than 50 percent of people suffer from chronic pain disorders in the years following a brain injury. Getting the right treatment can be complex, but doable.
What Variables Determine Issues with Sexuality After a Brain Injury?
Age, gender, time since injury, independence in activities of daily activities, depression, and self-esteem all played a role in issues of sexuality following a brain injury.
Can Ritalin Help Mitigate Brain Injury Symptoms?
Learn about the risks and benefits of taking Ritalin after a brain injury.
BrainSTARS: Fine Motor Control
Minimize or eliminate fine motor activities that are very difficult for your child with TBI.
BrainSTARS: Gross Motor Control
If your child has TBI-related gross motor control issues, provide as much supervision and support as necessary for safety.
Fatigue After a Brain Injury Can Make Everything Feel Worse
People with fatigue after TBI feel like they are more disabled than those with other TBI-related symptoms that don’t include fatigue.
Caregiving for Someone Whose Nose Doesn't Always Know
Traumatic brain injury makes quirky seem quirkier, especially when a person is in the initial months of recovery. Rosemary learned that Hugh's loss of his sense of smell came with both dangers and quirkiness.
Can Hearing Aids Help with Tinnitus?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common symptom of TBI. Learn when hearing aids can help and what other treatments are available.
The Pathology of TBI-Related Seizures
Dr. Amy Wagner talks about seizures — a common complication after a brain injury, especially one that is more severe or from a penetrating injury — and how and why they develop after injury.
What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and How Does It Relate to TBI?
Learn about this uncommon form of chronic pain and the various treatments available to help.
Five to 10 percent of people who have had a TBI later experience seizures. Learn what the risk factors are.
The Capgras Delusion: You Are Not My Wife!
Injury to the brain can result in a person believing close relatives are imposters. This phenomenon is called the Capgras Delusion.
Can the Brain Itself Feel Pain?
Although the brain has no pain receptors itself, it is the main tool the body uses to detect and react to pain — physically and emotionally.
Post-TBI Hearing Loss Treatments that Can Boost Your Quality of Life
An audiologist can help solve or ameliorate hearing loss after a brain injury.
Balance Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury
Between 30% and 65% of people with brain injury suffer from a lack of balance while sitting or standing at some point in their recovery.
Heterotopic Ossification: Why Are Some People with TBI More Susceptible?
Learn the risk factors for heterotopic ossification.
Is Hypersomnia a Symptom of a Brain Injury?
“Excessive sleepiness” can be a result of a TBI — or several other medical issues.
Goal Setting and Coordination of Care: Tone Management in Brain Injury
Learn about the recent advances in treating and managing brain injury-related spasticity.
Does Brain Injury Cause Early Onset Menopause?
A brain injury can cause hormone abnormalities that could jumpstart early menopause.
Hypopituitarism After Brain Injury
Can a brain injury disrupt healthy endocrine function?
Lost & Found: Caps, Sunglasses, and Earplugs
It’s not your imagination: your sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing, or vision can be extra sensitive after a brain injury.
How a Brain Injury Can Affect Gait
One or more concussions can affect the way a person walks.
An Interview with Dr. Russell Packard
A conversation between two experts on post-traumatic headache.
Urinary Difficulties After a Brain Injury
A consultation with your doctor can help find the cause of TBI-related urinary issues.
The Hidden Secret of Brain Injury: Hypothalamus Dysfunction
"Why did I look like the Michelin Man — puffy, round faced, fat feet, no bones showing?"
Head Injury, Rising Heart Rate, and Diabetes: A Crappy Combo
Being diagnosed with something like diabetes after a TBI seems like a cruel slap in the face.
Brain Injury or Neck Injury: Getting the Right Diagnosis Is Key
Dizziness after a TBI may actually be from a neck injury.
Seizures and Traumatic Brain Injury
Seizures are not uncommon after a TBI. Learn what they are and how to deal with them.
Headaches After Traumatic Brain Injury
Post-traumatic headache is the most common symptom following a brain injury. Learn more.
Brain Injury Rewiring for Loved Ones
"Sound mind in sound body" is a cliché for a good reason.
Anosmia or Loss of Smell from Brain Injury
Is there anyway to help someone regain their sense of smell?
Women During Their Child-Bearing Years May Recover More Slowly from a Mild TBI Than Men
A disruption in hormone production in women may delay recovery from TBI.
Does it Hurt to Eat After Traumatic Brain Injury?
Pain while eating after a TBI is uncommon, but issues with taste and smell are not.
Weight Loss After TBI?
Loss of taste or smell can cause a person to lose or gain weight post-TBI.
Problems with Coordination After Brain Injury
“I just want to walk normally again.”
Fatigue After Brain Injury: BrainLine Talks With Dr. Nathan Zasler
Fatigue is a common and complex symptom after brain injury.
The brain is incredibly complex — take an interactive journey to see how the brain works and what impact an injury can have.
Changes in Taste and Smell After Brain Injury
Almost 25% of people with TBI experience changes in taste and smell.
The Tale of Two Smell Tests Post-Brain Injury
The necessity of olfactory tests for people with TBI.
Swallowing problems after a TBI can be life-threatening. Learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat them.
Measuring Reaction Time Post-TBI
Speed does not necessarily predict accuracy after brain injury.
Increased Muscle Spasticity After Traumatic Brain Injury
What is muscle spasticity, why does it occur after TBI, and how is it treated?
Olfactory Dysfunction After TBI
The sense of smell may be affected after TBI.
Is There a Window of Time for Developing Seizures Post-TBI?
Can you develop seizures after a traumatic brain injury?
Coping with Chronic Pain
Learn techniques to decrease stress ... and persistent pain after brain injury.
Eating Issues After TBI
Learn how to deal with problems swallowing or eating after a brain injury.
Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
Plan and prepare for unexpected disasters.
Fatigue and Brain Injury
Understanding and coping with this common post-brain injury symptom.
Tinnitus and Brain Injury
Learn strategies to deal with ringing in the ears.
Emotional and Physical Recovery Are Two Different Things
Helping to heal the whole person.
Lee Woodruff Talks with ASHA
With a husband who sustained a severe TBI and a daughter with a hearing impairment, Lee Woodruff talks about the importance of speech-language therapy.
Hearing Loss After TBI
Suggestions to help someone with a hearing loss stay connected to family and friends.
The Importance of Rest
Learn how to diminish stress and fatigue after a TBI.
Obesity — a Risk Factor with TBI
Higher rates of injury and morbidity are associated with obesity after a TBI.
La importancia de descansar
Aprenda a disminuir el estrés y la fatiga después de haber sufrido una TBI.
Headaches After Head Injuries — Post-Traumatic Headaches
Sometimes headaches after TBI can persist for months or years. Learn more.
Seizures and Epilepsy: Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about seizure types, what to do, and what not to do.
Traumatic Injury, Dramatic Results
Physical therapists are helping civilians and veterans with TBI reclaim their lives.
Fatigue and TBI
Learn why fatigue is such a common symptom of brain injury, and what you can do to combat it.
Preventing Fatigue at Home and Work
Learn how to simplify tasks and conserve energy after a brain injury.
Complications: Swelling or Edema and Contractures
Learn how to prevent and manage swelling and contractures after a TBI.
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.
Why Aquatic Therapy?
Learn how water helps break the cycle of chronic pain after TBI.