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Post-Stroke & Hypoxic Brain Injury

What is a hypoxic brain injury?

Strokes and other hypoxic brain injuries occur from lack of oxygen to the brain.  A hypoxic brain injury is a type of acquired brain injury (ABI), meaning that the injury occurred after the birthing process.  Lack of oxygen to the brain can occur due to many issues, but the most common are stroke, heart attack, near drowning, (chemical) toxic exposure, including opioid overdose. Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the United States (1).

How are hypoxic brain injuries typically diagnosed and treated?

All suspected hypoxic brain injuries should begin with an immediate visit to the emergency room. A combination of CT scan, MRI, or other imaging, lab testing, and inspection may be used by the doctor to determine how severe the injury is. Once released from the hospital, follow-up may include further imaging to assess physical damage, examination, or testing like EEG to check function of the outer layers. Following the initial hospital stay, many individuals undergo physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, where great gains are made in the realm of  life’s most essential functions, such as walking, talking and eating. It is often said that the majority of patients see the peak of their recovery after 8-12 months. Because the structure of the brain and it’s capabilities were likely dramatically altered, many survivors may still be experiencing symptoms. That’s where the Innova Brain doctors come in. We specialize in recovery even years after the brain injury.

A precise and specific diagnosis at Innova Brain

Even years after your injury, the Innova Brain team is able to look at your brain through a new lens. Our diagnostic approach gives functional insight into all areas of the brain to reveal the specific areas your brain that have been damaged. Our doctors systematically test your entire brain (cortex inside and out, brainstem, and cerebellum) to understand where the neurology has broken down and why you’re experiencing your symptoms. Innova Brain uses state of the art diagnostics including eye-movement assessment, and specific balance and posture measurements that show areas of brain dysfunction. We take the time to find the functional cause of your symptoms because that’s what allows us to create treatments unique to your brain. With specificity comes better results, faster.

Tailored treatment strategies built for your brain

At Innova Brain we appreciate and employ the brain’s capacity to regenerate described by the term of neuroplasticity. Using this ability,  no patient’s care is alike because we take the time to find your unique deficits in brain function. For example, you may need rehab for your left frontal lobe. The first step of treatment is trialing therapies and measuring the results against diagnostic findings. Oculomotor exercises may work for one left frontal lobe patient while another patient may respond better to whole body rotation to the right.  Customizing therapies ensures that your brain is getting the correct stimulation, at the right intensity, to create new pathways and connections. We dynamically modify your therapies as your brain function changes to reduce your symptoms and reach your goals. With your new and improved connectivity, your brain can control your body, thoughts, and memories at a higher level, and symptoms associated with brain injury are improved. That’s the Innova Brain difference.

Are you or a loved one a good candidate for our care?

We only accept motivated individuals who know there is more out there, but didn’t know where to start. We thoroughly vet all candidates for care at Innova Brain, starting with a consultation with one of our doctors. During this process we’ll find out how your condition occurred and is currently progressing, what therapies have and haven’t worked for you, and what your goals are.  We have a very good record of assisting patients that have acquired brain injury. It is our goal to help you resume as normal a lifestyle as possible, and we only accept those patients that we sincerely believe that we can help accomplish that goal.

References

  1. Benjamin EJ, Blaha MJ, Chiuve SE, et al. on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2017 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017;135:e229-e445.

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