Physiotherapy Management of Traumatic Brain Injury


Just as two people are not exactly alike, no two brain injuries are exactly alike. Therefore, approach to neurological rehabilitation and physiotherapy post traumatic brain injury should observe neuroplasticity, motor learning and motor control principles as well as a patient-centred approach with individual’s goals setting and choice of treatment procedures.

Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Timed goals and patient’s involvement in goal setting allows clear orientation of rehabilitation process and enhances individual speciality targets and plans contributing to the overall rehabilitation outcome. Patient’s goals for rehabilitation vary according to the stage of recovery and their condition.

Physiotherapy is an integral part of the MDT/IDT neurological rehabilitation team and neurological physiotherapy is an integral part of neurological rehabilitation. The physiotherapy programme may require input from a range of clinicians, including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Orthotists. It should be directed by professionals with experience in the management of neurological conditions.