Each brain injury is unique. A brain injury may be mild, such as a concussion, with a brief change in mental status; moderate, with a loss of consciousness; or traumatic, causing a prolonged coma. Mild, moderate and traumatic brain injuries can lead to long-term symptoms and the potential for permanent disability.
Why choose Ohio State for treatment of brain injuries?
Breadth of Neurological Services: As a Level I – the highest level – trauma service center, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has specialized neurological experts and services immediately available to handle a breadth of traumatic brain injuries, from mild to severe.
Neuro Intensive Care: Our fellowship-trained neuro intensivists offer a level of care unmatched in central Ohio for managing swelling of the brain and other complications of traumatic brain injuries.
Advanced Neuroimaging: We use cutting-edge neuro metabolic imaging to determine severity of concussion or brain injury. Information gathered by neuro metabolic imaging, including positron emission tomography (PET) scans and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans, can significantly increase our ability to detect the extent of your injury, thus guiding long-term treatment plans. We also routinely use computed tomography (CT) and MRI scans in the early stages to assess for swelling and bleeding in the brain.
Traumatic Brain Injury Research: We are one of only 16 centers in the country to pursue innovative projects and research through the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems program to help people with traumatic brain injury. The program is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and awards grants to us and other institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care. Through our participation, you receive access to the most advanced treatments and therapies available for TBI.
Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic: Ohio State has a specialized concussion clinic devoted entirely to the evaluation and treatment of concussions in both children and adults, for athletes and non-athletes. We not only provide initial evaluation and care but also expert attention for post-concussive syndrome, defined by concussion symptoms that persist beyond two weeks.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program: We are the only rehabilitation program in central Ohio certified to handle traumatic brain injury. Our patients have excellent outcomes, including:
- Functional gains that exceed national standards
- Discharge-to-home rate that is higher than the national average
- Recovery of self-care, mobility and cognitive thinking skills exceeding national averages