It’s an uphill challenge for patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries and their family members and their care team. Rehabilitation can be taxing, working to rebuild or rewalk while trying to have patience in the process. The good news is that more strides are being made almost daily to help people with brain injuries in their recovery.
We’ll take a look at just some of the ways that there is greater hope for patients and their loved ones more than ever before.
In the case of significant brain injuries, time is a luxury. Ambulance service will accommodate rushing a patient to the nearest hospital while providing oxygen to help stabilize the injured party. If a patient is looking into treatments that are not available within their region, they may look into medical transport services on commercial flights known as non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) companies.
The cost of long distance medical transport depends on various factors, including personal needs and a patient’s physical health. Non-emergency medical transport involves having an experienced flight nurse travel on a commercial flight. This is not an air ambulance, but NEMT services can take patients anywhere in the world.
When recovering from a traumatic brain injury, a patient may need monitoring through a medical transport provider. For example, a stroke survivor can fly after suffering their episode, depending on the type and severity. Some patients prefer to hire medical professionals to fly with them to ensure proper medical care in case of an emergency. NEMT provides several services that can support stroke victims, whether setting up arrangements through airlines or getting through travel at high altitudes.
The Use of Exoskeletons
One of the greatest developments in rehabilitation from traumatic brain injuries is exoskeleton therapy. Wearable robotic exoskeletons are designed to help patients stand and walk during rehab, working with clinicians to support the spine, trunk, and legs to promote correct movement patterns. Medical conditions are being repaired by improved versions of exoskeleton technology that now address gait inefficiencies.
Adaptive gait training monitors leg joints and movements to keep patients from depending on other parts of their body by tracking weight shifts and ensuring that traumatic brain injury sufferers are restoring their natural gait without discomfort.
Lower limb exoskeletons even come with touch screen controls that help clinicians set goals and alter assistance levels to help patients rebuild. Physical therapists can record patient progress with greater ease and keep caregivers aware of the progress immediately after each therapy session. Exoskeleton technology continues to make strides, with more rehabilitation centers recognizing their benefits.
Retraining the Body
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. This can cause brain damage resulting in paralysis, speech impairment, and loss of motor function. However, experts are developing technology that helps to retrain brain cells to help repair damaged brain tissue to regain speech and cognition.
Researchers are using a process called tissue nanotransfection, or TNT, to introduce genetic material into cells. This actually reprograms skin cells into vascular cells, helping repair damaged brain tissue. This helps correct disabilities brought on by a stroke-affected brain, promoting the formation of new blood vessels through basic reprogramming.
In addition to this discovery, additional medical advancements have been made to allow doctors to clear blood clots in the brain faster and improve outcomes, preventing the death of brain tissue. This research is also being used to approach disorders like Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases. A traumatic brain or spinal cord injury is no longer a life sentence, with advancements putting patients in good hands for a better future.