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What is a traumatic brain injury/head injury?

A traumatic head or brain injury (TBI) in children occurs when the head is hit by something or shaken violently. A traumatic brain injury is caused by various mechanisms, such as falls or motor vehicle collisions. A TBI affects how a child acts, moves, thinks and develops. The signs and symptoms of a TBI can be very different depending on which part of the brain has been injured and how severely. Children who suffer severe brain injuries can experience lasting problems with everyday function.

Physiotherapy from a neurological physiotherapist is very important following a head injury. Physiotherapists will help your child with their physical abilities and development.

Head massage and mobility stretches to relieve pain and stiffnessAbove: Head massage and mobility stretches to relieve pain and stiffness

Symptoms of a TBI

Symptoms of a TBI will depend on what area of the brain that has been affected and the extent of the damage. Symptoms will vary from child to child but may include:

Soft tissue massage to relieve pain and tensionAbove: Soft tissue massage to relieve pain and tension

Physiotherapy following TBI

At, our neurological paediatric physiotherapists will maximise your childs physical ability and help your child learn new skills or relearn old ones, so that they reach their maximum physical potential. Children with severe head injuries may require assistance to move and follow instructions. Physiotherapy will therefore be centred on facilitating movement, improving positioning and increasing muscle activity to help them reach their developmental milestones and improve their quality of life.

At your physiotherapist will work with you and your child in order to help them achieve as full a recovery as possible. It is important to start physiotherapy soon after leaving hospital for the best possible recovery as the brain as adaptable and significant improvement can be made. Our paediatric physiotherapists at commonly see individuals that have been discharged from the NHS and have gone on to make significant improvements. Physiotherapy treatment will be centred on:
  • Relieving muscle stiffness
  • Increasing head and trunk control
  • Enhancing awareness of body position
  • Improving ability to roll, sit and stand
  • Increasing muscle strength
  • Promoting normal movement in the arms, trunk and legs
  • Improving balance
  • Improving posture
  • Relieving pain
  • Promoting independence with functional tasks
  • Enhancing quality of life

Functional rehabilitation exercises supervised by a specilaist physiotherapistAbove: Functional rehabilitation exercises supervised by a specilaist physiotherapist

An initial assessment with one of our paediatric physiotherapists will look at any restrictions in your child’s movement, tone and balance in order to develop a structured rehabilitation programme tailored to their needs which may involve: Out paediatric physiotherapists at will enable your child to reach their maximum physical potential in a safe and supportive environment. Every child with a head injury is different so physiotherapy treatment will be focused on meeting your childs needs and requirements.

If you would like more information on how physiotherapy can help your child, or to book an appointment please call 0330 088 7800, or book online today!

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