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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Mobility

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), commonly known as a head injury, is often the result of a traumatic incident involving the skull, brain or upper spine. The injury may occur in the form of a concussion, hemorrhage, accident or blow to the head. MRI or CT scans are used to get images of the brain to help detect if a head injury has occurred although multiple factors may be used to identify the issue. The most severe head injuries may cause permanent damage  

What are common symptoms of Head Injuries?

Common characteristics may depend on the severity of the injury. Symptoms such as confusion, blurry vision and concentration difficulties might be immediate upon injury. Other symptoms that may persist later include, but are not limited to:

  • Issues with stability
  • Walking difficulties
  • Coordination issues
  • Muscle weakness
  • Balance issues
  • Dizziness 

How may Head Injuries affect mobility?

Mobility limitations are common following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI may lead to trouble walking, issues maintaining balance, frequently needing to rest if experiencing dizzy spells, a heightened risk of falling or tripping, difficulties sitting/standing independently and a decreased range of motion - making picking up objects difficult. Walking independently right after experiencing a TBI may be nearly impossible without the use of a walking aid such as a rollator. 

How might rollators assist those with Head Injuries?

Depending on the severity of the head injury, it may take years for some individuals to relearn mobility skills and complete their rehab. Using a TOPRO rollator may help those individuals to regain their confidence and ability to move around during the long rehab process. TOPRO rollators offer stability when walking, fall reduction and aid when sitting/standing. TOPRO offers an industry leading 7-year warranty.

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Sources

The above information is intended for support and resource but does not replace the direction of a medical professional, healthcare provider, therapist, nurse, aide, or any professional training. Prior to purchasing any mobility device, it is important to discuss options with medical providers.

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/traumatic-brain-injury

https://www.brainline.org/article/physical-effects-brain-injury