Measurement for Brain Injury

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Measurement for Brain Injury 

by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

How do you measure the impact of a brain injury on your life?

How do you measure the impact of a brain injury on your life?

The measurement of physical improvement after an injury resulting from a Traumatic Brain Injury is initially the medical indications of brain activity through signs of physiological activity.  This may be even during the time a person is in a coma.

Measurement of physiological improvement during the period of time after a person is awake after a coma is usually made by medical professionals through indications of patient response.  Initially, the patient is dependent on the expertise of professionals for making decisions to improve physical movement.  However, as a person improves physically and is able to cognitively understand the reason for exercises to sustain improvement, he will develop the potential for developing his internal motivation.

Initially, Physical and Occupational Therapists implement passive movement therapy techniques which are techniques that involve their assistance for exercise movement.  Therapists record degrees of movement in order that they can validate progress.  A therapist also records active movement.  Active movement is movement that a person can do on their own.  Measurement is the key concept to validate improvement and progress.

Therefore, measurement of progress in improvement is of utmost importance.  This affirms progress for the TBI Survivor and acts as a catalyst for encouragement as well as motivation.  The survivor should record progress everyday no matter how small.  In this way, he/she will see improvement after several months when daily improvement is not immediately evident.

September 17, 2012

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