Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injury

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Accident. Tumor. Stroke. Assault. No matter how it occurs, brain injury presents numerous challenges for survivors and for the professionals who care for them. Interdisciplinary evaluation, treatment, and management can mean the difference between successful recovery and unfortunate statistics. The first book to map out a comprehensive team approach to rehabilitation of ABI survivors, Acquired Brain Injury gives medical and clinical specialists a deeper understanding of not only each other s roles, but also how their fields work together. -The front lines of treatment: neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry -In-depth discussion of neuro-urology, neuro-optometry, speech/language and balance rehabilitation -Separate chapters on nursing, occupational therapy, and case management -Behavioral difficulties common to individuals with ABI -Family concerns and the ABI patient -Special challenges of long-term rehabilitation -Case examples throughout illustrating a wide range of injuries, symptoms, and stages of recovery The book s comprehensiveness and accessibility clarify rehabilitation goals and processes for the neurospecialist, the counselor, the physical or occupational therapist, the social worker, and the advanced student. With ABI so prevalent roughly 1.5 million new cases per year this book couldn t be more timely.The physical examination should include a neurological evaluation of sacral reflexes (S2a€“4) for motor and sensory deficits. Perineal sensation ... The bulbocavernosus reflex is present in 95% of men and 80% of women, and when absent in men suggests either spinal shock or peripheral neuropathy. Manual dexterity and visual acuity should be assessed if self-catheterization is being considered. ... Urodynamics can be used to help guide initial therapy, or if initial empiric therapy fails.

Title:Acquired Brain Injury
Author:Jean Elbaum, Deborah Benson
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-08-08


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