Many people can make and excellent physical recovery after brain injury which can mean there are few or even no outward signs that an injury has occurred.  There are often physical problems present that are not always so apparent but can have a real impact on daily life.  Our body functions are controlled by our brain.

Some common difficulties are:

  • Mobility & Movement: Muscle weakness - weakness down one side of the body, general weakness, weakness in both legs or so weak the limb is floppy.  Muscle spasticity - limbs become stiffer and when you try to move them you can feel resistance and the person with ABI can feel pain or the limb gets so tight it cannot move.
  • Swallowing and eating
  • Coordination, dizziness and balance problems 
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Sensory - loss or altered vision, smell, hearing or ringing in the ear (tinnitus), taste and altered touch sensations
  • Sensory Integration - how our brain receives and processes sensory information
  • Pain and headaches 
  • Bladder and bowel control 
  • Epileptic seizures varying from absences and appearing to "switch off" to Grand Mal seizures