Brain injury can strike anyone at any time.
While these injuries are always unexpected and life-altering, brain injuries vary widely in severity, and each case is unique. It’s also an invisible injury that can sometimes affect the entire body, from mental health and cognition to physical ability.
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, the first thing you need to know is you are not alone. The mission of the Brian Injury Association of Tennessee is to accompany you throughout this journey. Whether it’s directing you to a nearby accredited clinic, navigating paperwork, or connecting you with a support group with other survivors, BIAT exists to help you understand your injury and the resources available to help you.
Brain Injury Association of America defines traumatic brain injury (TBI) as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force. Often referred to as an acquired brain injury, a non-traumatic brain injury causes damage to the brain by internal factors, such as a lack of oxygen, exposure to toxins, pressure from a tumor, etc.
Symptoms of brain injury can include:
Recovery from a brain injury is complex. While research shows that therapy can improve outcomes, the patient and their support system must remain actively involved throughout recovery.