Marla Grant, local resident, supports Brain Injury Awareness Month. She is a survivor of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that happened with a slip and a fall onto her kitchen floor in August 2012.
Of the 1.7 million who sustain a TBI each year in the United States, many will find major changes and some people will find it difficult to recover. While most everyone benefits from rehabilitation following a brain injury, the specific type of rehabilitation depends on the particular region of brain assault and will dictate specific physical, mental, emotional limitations.
Every fall has the capacity to injure the brain to some extent. Research shows that people 65 and older are in the greatest risk category for falls and subsequent injury.
Because of the fall, Grant was left with severe limitations. The area of Grant’s brain injury was centered in the region responsible for balance; she had trouble just sitting up straight. Each brain injury is different and unique. Grant’s diagnosis of bilateral subdural hematoma, which is basically bruising and bleeding into the space between the brain cover (dura mater) and the brain itself, ruptured her brain blood vessels and left a clot formation called a hematoma. The area of her brain injury decreased her coordination, movement, muscle tone and left her with an unsteady gait.
Grant knew that she’d have to fight to get back the life that she knew. For eight weeks, she endured the rigors of outpatient therapy in order to find her center of balance. Orchard Park Rehabilitation Center used the latest technology to restore her righting abilities. It’s a computerized and evidence-based device called the Biosway from Biodex Company.
Grant initially did not know how to find her balance but the computerized technology is inter-active and gives instant feed-back to quickly restore the brain’s relearning power and function. The device allows patients to learn new balance strategies while standing on an inter-active platform. The platform senses and records every movement that the patient makes when prompted from the computer monitor. The brain learns from this device with the eye-level screen, which gives them instant feed-back to help teach them how to correct their instability.
Grant reports that every week her balance scored by the Biosway machine was improving and she says that seeing her continued improvements renewed her spirit and motivation. This enthusiasm earned her enough strength and balance to walk all over downtown Denver without assistance. “If I can motivate just one person to move forward, I’ll be happy,” says Grant.
Orchard Park Rehabilitation Center promotes public awareness of brain injury in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of America’s yearly campaign. During the month of March, Orchard Park is offering free consultation and computerized balance testing with a trained physical therapist to discuss the benefits of a balance & fall prevention program.
Their department of balance rehabilitation includes therapists with advanced vestibular training and certification, which means they bring special knowledge of the complex sensors in the eyes, ears and body and how it relates to brain function and balance.
The balance test only takes a patient two minutes standing on a Biosway platform to determine the ability to maintain safe balance. The system provides a clinical printed report that can be given to physicians and then used to implement a wide variety of balance-related exercises.
To schedule your complimentary balance screen, call Orchard Park Rehabilitation Center at 303-773-1000. They are located at 6005 S. Holly St., Centennial, CO 80121.