Traumatic Brain Injury

Why do we address this condition?

Traumatic Brain Injuries are one of the most prevalent neurological conditions in the US. TBI leads to wide range of short or long-term issues affecting cognitive function, motor function, sensation and emotion. Utilize Health aims to join these patients throughout their healthcare journey to help maximize their potential for recovery, which ends up reducing costs and increasing patients’ overall satisfaction.

Why you should be concerned about this condition?

1.7 million patients sustain a TBI annually.

About 25% of moderate brain injury patients will be left with a moderate degree of disability.

Only 25-33% of patients with a severe brain injury will have a positive recovery.

40% of those hospitalized with a brain injury had at least one unmet need for services on year post-injury.

Direct medical costs and indirect costs such as lost productivity totaled an estimated in $60 billion in 2000.

Details about this condition

There are two different types of brain injuries. Members could have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury or an acquired brain injury.

TYPES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A TBI is defined as a change in brain function usually caused by an external force.

Aquired Brain Injury (ABI)

An ABI is defined as an injury to the brain after birth but not caused by an external force.

The severity and symptoms of TBI are measured with tools such as the Glasgow Coma Scale and Ranchos Los Amigos Scale.

Physical Symptoms

Loss of hearing, smell, taste or vision

Physical paralysis

Chronic Pain

Sleep Disorders

COGNITIVE COMMUNICATION SYMPTOMS

Decreased attention and concentration

Confusion

Slurred speech

Agitation

Impulsiveness

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS

Irritability

Aggression

Depression

Lack of awareness

TYPES OF THERAPY

Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy