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Taryn Bushong, Hope College

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Tonia Gruppen, Kinesiology

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24-year-old female experienced a fall and was diagnosed with TBI and is experiencing cognitive and emotional challenges. These effects have lasted a year, despite undergoing multiple treatments and therapies. The patient experiences a lightheaded sensation early in the morning, feeling faint once she gets out of bed, chronic fatigue, and persistent anxiety. The patient continues to move through the grieving process of the injury. A TBI is a Traumatic Brain Injury that occurs when the brain is violently shaken or when there is a blow to the head and causes damage. Due to the damage of the brain, patients may experience problems that involve cognitive, emotional, behavioral, mood, whole body, visual, and speech. The most common symptoms that can occur within hours may be headaches, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, difficulty concentrating, and confusion. A patient may experience delayed onset of symptoms. The goal of this case study is to look at the longterm effects of a TBI, as well as how it affects the patient’s activities of daily living.

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