Brain and Spine Injuries
Neurotrauma involves injury to the central nervous system, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI). These injuries can often lead to lifelong disability or death. Urgent medical attention may minimize the effects of any head, neck or back trauma. In the later stages of treatment, doctors will focus on limiting secondary complications and maximizing mobility and function.
Today more people survive after a serious neurological injury than ever before. The increase in survival can be attributed to advances in both emergency and ongoing medical care.
If you experience a traumatic brain injury or spine injury in Northeast Wisconsin or Upper Michigan, you may be treated by a BayCare Clinic physician.
A traumatic brain injury, or neurotrauma, may be caused by a car accident, a slip and fall, a workplace accident, a sporting accident, or even domestic violence.
If someone has suffered a blow to the head, or you believe brain injury may have occurred, it's important to seek medical help quickly. Medical care will focus on stabilizing the patient and ensuring the body and brain are receiving an adequate flow of blood and oxygen.
Sometimes, the doctor will request x-rays or other scans to see if the patient has any fractures or internal swelling. If the brain injury is severe, surgery may be required to treat any bruised or bleeding areas in the brain.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the spinal cord or surrounding blood vessels are damaged. Commonly associated with spinal fractures, spinal cord injury may result in permanent or temporary paralysis below the area of injury.
Unfortunately, damage to the spinal cord may be permanent in some cases. But the doctors at BayCare Clinic are continuing to pursue new treatments, including medications that may improve nerve cell function or regeneration.
The neurosurgeons at BayCare Clinic provide a full continuum of care from initial diagnosis, to emergency care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient services.
We provide rehabilitation for brain injury and for spinal cord injuries as part of Aurora BayCare Medical Center's comprehensive trauma care program. This modern inpatient rehabilitation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We offer advanced treatment modalities with the goal of helping patients return to a full, satisfying lifestyle.