First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Kayla PrainoFollow

Mentor/s

Mark Jareb, Ph.D. Amanda Moras, Ph.D.

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are severe brain injuries, typically caused by the impact of an external object, that can cause alteration in brain functioning. Those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries require an extensive range of medical services for their recovery, one of these being physical therapy. It has been established that physical therapy is a key medical service in rehabilitation of both physical and cognitive abilities as it focuses on motor skills and control, comprehension, and complex cognitive functioning in patients with traumatic brain injuries. The objective of this paper is to further investigate the efficacy of physical therapy intervention in patients with acute traumatic brain injurers and to examine the ethical dilemmas that could arise when treating this specific patient population. Using an extensive data base, research from a variety of studies and peer-reviewed sources, addressing the physical efficacy of physical therapy treatment on TBIs and its ethical implications, was analyzed in order to reach the overall findings of this paper. While results remain subjective for each individual case, this paper concludes that physical therapy is a vital tool in progressing a range of motor and cognitive functions of acute TBI patients such as posture, gait (walking), balance, cognitive patterns, and confidence. Additionally, this paper concludes that the ethical implications surrounding acute TBI patients are felt by both medical personnel, in terms of following a specific Code of ethics, and by caregivers of the patients who often find themselves suffering from a term coined as “caregiver burden.”

College and Major available

Exercise Science BS

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN-300 Dr. Moras and Dr. Jareb

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

5-5-2021 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

5-5-2021 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Kayla Praino, Exercise Science, Thomas More Honors Student, 2021

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May 5th, 1:00 PM May 5th, 4:00 PM

A Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Efficacy of Physical Therapy Intervention on Traumatic Brain Injuries and the Ethical Considerations

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are severe brain injuries, typically caused by the impact of an external object, that can cause alteration in brain functioning. Those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries require an extensive range of medical services for their recovery, one of these being physical therapy. It has been established that physical therapy is a key medical service in rehabilitation of both physical and cognitive abilities as it focuses on motor skills and control, comprehension, and complex cognitive functioning in patients with traumatic brain injuries. The objective of this paper is to further investigate the efficacy of physical therapy intervention in patients with acute traumatic brain injurers and to examine the ethical dilemmas that could arise when treating this specific patient population. Using an extensive data base, research from a variety of studies and peer-reviewed sources, addressing the physical efficacy of physical therapy treatment on TBIs and its ethical implications, was analyzed in order to reach the overall findings of this paper. While results remain subjective for each individual case, this paper concludes that physical therapy is a vital tool in progressing a range of motor and cognitive functions of acute TBI patients such as posture, gait (walking), balance, cognitive patterns, and confidence. Additionally, this paper concludes that the ethical implications surrounding acute TBI patients are felt by both medical personnel, in terms of following a specific Code of ethics, and by caregivers of the patients who often find themselves suffering from a term coined as “caregiver burden.”

 

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