Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury are tragic events that could happen to an individual. The 2 organs that control the functions of the entire body being injured are painful and lead to disabilities.
What are Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal Cord Injury or SCI results in the individual losing their mobility or functions below the injury site. The effect of the injury on the person depends on the site of the injury and whether or not it is complete or incomplete. In Complete Spinal Cord Injury, the body parts below the injury completely lose all the sensations and functions and are completely cut off from the brain. In Incomplete SCI, the parts still have a faint chance of regaining movement and sensation as the connection is not lost yet.
What are Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) is caused due to a violent strike on the head. It results in damage to the brain. The severity of the damage and its effect on the body depends on the type of injury, whether mild, moderate, or severe brain injury. Mild brain injury effects include nausea, sensitivity to light, dizziness, loss of balance, etc. Moderate or severe brain injury includes loss of coordination, convulsions, vomiting, slurred speech, etc.
Traumatic Brain Injuries are a difficult condition to treat, but occupational therapy has proven to be a highly effective treatment for those who have suffered severe injuries. The long-term consequences of brain injury are unpredictable and difficult to deal with. An occupational therapist assesses each case individually, and creates an individualized treatment plan to improve the odds of a positive outcome.
Thus, both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury lead to disruption in normal movements of the body, which are important for day-to-day life. It can lead to additional stress and give the individual a feeling of being dependent when he/she wants to live a normal life.
Although the injury would leave a lasting mark, it doesn’t necessarily affect your daily life because there are treatments that can help people suffering from such injuries to follow their daily routine without being dependent on anyone.