– Whether it’s from a fall, a car accident or even a stroke, traumatic brain
injury can cause physical, emotional and memory problems. Each year, 1.4
million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injury, which is defined as a
blow or jolt to the head.
To help improve the quality of life
for people living with brain injury, therapists at Adventist
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
can help treat the physical and cognitive problems.
“Our therapists are skilled at
providing cognitive rehabilitation in speech therapy; physical rehabilitation
of headaches and vertigo in physical and occupational therapy,” said Carl
Burdinie, director of the hospital’s rehabilitation department.
Cognitive rehabilitation can be
particularly helpful for individuals who have had memory loss problems. “These
interventions can help restore people’s independence so they can return to
living healthy, productive lives,” Burdinie said.
During March, which is recognized
as Brain Injury Prevention Month, the rehabilitation department at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
is offering free evaluations to individuals who may have suffered a brain
injury. During the assessment, the therapist tests the patient’s balance,
memory and concentration. Based on the assessment results, therapists determine
a treatment plan in collaboration with the patient’s physician.
The rehabilitation department also
offers free educational information on preventing sports-related injuries for
local schools, local athletic associations and parents. Information is also
available for older adults on preventing falls.
To schedule an appointment for a
free assessment, call the therapy department at 630-312-5900. The assessment
will determine if therapy interventions can help.