What Triggers your TBI Symptoms and How Can You Take Action?
It isn’t until a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs that we realize just how pervasive the after-effects on the brain can be. After a TBI, the symptoms are both diverse and unique based on the individual patient. The resulting symptoms can have far-reaching impacts lasting weeks, months, or even years. There is a new approach underway to take a wider view of patient health and the variety of factors at play outside of the hospital, doctor’s office, or rehabilitation facility. They are called Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).
Two topics we focused on this month were SDOH and vision therapy and their dramatic impact upon patient outcomes after a TBI. We explored the different types of vision therapies that TBI patients can undergo in our second installment of our three-part Vision Therapy series with Dr. Yamam Almouradi. If you missed the webinar, it is posted on our Dashboard in the media tab. Be sure to check it out and see how you can do a few at-home vision assessments.
This is where Power of Patients Dashboard can help. Our customizable Dashboard is specifically designed for people with brain injuries and their caregivers to track their symptoms and triggers. We are bridging the gap between patients and their doctors to help you make more informed decisions about your road to recovery. If you haven’t checked out Power of Patients yet, why wait? Sign up now and see the difference it can make.
- We continued to offer information on vision therapy and its impact on neuroplasticity aka the brain’s ability to adapt after a traumatic brain injury.
- We hosted the second installment of our 3 part Interactive Vision Therapy Webinar series with neuro-optometry specialist Dr. Yamam Almouradi.
- You won’t want to miss the live demo of vision therapy on Brian Gurry, TBI survivor and TV Host of American Builder.
You Asked- We Answered
Q: What are Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)?
A: SDOH was traditionally thought to be a result of a person’s economic and social factors that impacted a person’s health, but recently, SDOH are being re-defined by the medical community. In colloquial terms, Social Determinants of Health are anything outside of a doctor’s office. How does this relate to a person with a traumatic brain injury or post-concussive syndrome? Millions of people have their lives irrevocably altered each year when they suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The challenges patients face are compounded by knowledge gaps that complicate recovery. Patients, their families, caregivers, and even medical professionals do not always understand all the factors that can have an impact on recovery. Learning about these factors or triggers is the first step in developing solutions that empower patients and put them on the best path for recovery.
We bring attention to this subject because when a person has a traumatic brain injury, it is important to take into account these other factors in their life. The Power of Patients Dashboard was designed with this in mind and helps to assess social determinants of health that can affect people with TBIs.
Did you watch our second webinar on TBIs and Vision Therapy?
We had 112 registrants join us for the second of a three-part series where we hosted neuro-optometry expert Dr. Yamam Almouradi who walked us through at-home self-tests for vision impairments.
To find all of our videos sign in to your Power of Patients account and on the Dashboard click the Media tab, which hosts all of our past webinars. Not registered? Register today for free access.