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Head Trauma Treatment

Accurate Diagnosis and
Effective Treatment

Head Trauma Treatment

A head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to various types of injuries to the scalp, skull, brain. Though people of all ages can suffer head injuries, head trauma or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major problem among older adults. The elderly, especially those 75 and older, have the highest rate of head trauma due to falls. HealthQuest, the leading rehabilitation center in the U.S. provides effective head trauma treatment for older adults. Our team of occupational therapists, geriatricians and physical therapists are dedicated to providing result-oriented treatment methods for your loved ones.

Head Trauma

- Causes and Symptoms

Traumatic brain injuries in older adults are mainly caused by falls, head forcefully hitting an object and motor vehicle crashes. Injury can range from a minor bump on the skull to a serious brain injury and can result in:

Symptoms of a head trauma may include loss of consciousness, loss of memory, paralysis, headaches, and even coma. While the primary injury occurs at the time of the impact, the secondary stage occurs as result of neuro-physiological changes which can take place days after the primary stage.

Mild brain injury or concussions are temporary and get cleared within hours, while moderate injury is more serious and lasts longer. At HealthQuest we provide comprehensive care for mild to severe head trauma.

Accurate Diagnosis and Customized Treatment

Along with neurological examination to assess the memory, balance and other brain functions, the level of consciousness is also assessed. Depending on the nature of the injury and the severity of the symptoms, our physicians perform a CT scan or MRI to evaluate the extent of the brain damage.

A customized treatment plan is developed based on the evaluation. Treatment may involve unblocking airways, maintaining blood flow to the brain, necessary medications and pain management. Surgery may be recommended for severe brain injury. Our TBI rehabilitation services help older adults live and function as independently as possible.

Our geriatric care services also include training for adult children to care for their aging parents. The pain management programs we offer help patients deal with the pain caused by brain injuries.

Medications: We treat secondary damages to the brain with medications such as

  • Diuretics
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Anti-seizure drugs and
  • Coma-inducing drugs

Physical therapy: We also help geriatric patients regain their mobility and improve balance. The treatments provided by our physical therapists include:

  • Massage
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
  • Relaxation techniques

Fall prevention programs: To prevent falls, the major cause for TBI injuries in the elderly, we provide a slip/fall prevention program of 6 weeks duration. The program includes individual balance training and exercises to help the elderly improve gait and mobility for an independent lifestyle.

For more details on our head trauma treatment, call 718-769-2521 or write to