Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z - Disabilities

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Disabilities

Examples of disabilities, or the loss of physical or mental function caused by damage to the brain from TBI are:
  • Problems walking
  • Difficulty carrying or moving objects
  • Vision problems
  • Loss of fine motor skills, such as typing
  • Inability to recognize something based on touch
  • Difficulty thinking and remembering, or
  • Difficulty with social relationships
Other challenges that a TBI patient may experience are:
  • Difficulty making and keeping personal and professional relationships
  • Difficulty being part of social activities
  • Difficulty with recreational activities, or
  • The decreased ability or inability to keep a job
During the rehabilitation and transition phases of TBI treatment, members of the healthcare team will provide information to the patient and family members about dealing with these issues. Specific tools and coping strategies will be suggested, for example, writing a detailed list of steps needed to complete a task, using prompts or visual aids to help remember things, or using assistive devices to move around, such as a walker or a wheelchair. Learning new ways to do things is a very important part of recovery.
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