Author(s): Sommer JL, Witkiewicz PM
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Abstract Rehabilitation centres provide therapeutic intervention to both patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI). Patients with a dual diagnosis of TBI and SCI present a challenge to the rehabilitation professional. Previous studies indicate an incidence of concomitant TBI and SCI to be between 24-59\%. Many research articles discuss how a diagnosis of TBI is often missed during the medical examination of a person with a suspected SCI. This article will focus on the implications of dual diagnosis encountered during the rehabilitation process. A case study is used to highlight the challenges presented by the cognitive impairments of a TBI in combination with the motoric deficits of SCI. Management strategies utilised by the rehabilitation team are discussed.
This article was published in Brain Inj
and referenced in International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation