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Acquired Brain Injury

An Acquired brain injury describes a range of issues resulting from trauma to the brain. The causes of an acquired brain injury include, but are not limited to, concussion, hypoxia (loss of oxygen), and major vessel bleed. Acquired brain injuries can result in reduced independence for activities of daily living, mobility issues, reduced balance and falls, reduced exercise tolerance and challenges with thinking, memory, and speech. Treatment of an acquired brain injury requires a team of health professionals working collaboratively to achieve an individual’s goals.

How we can help:

The therapists at Steps have an expert understanding of your condition and will provide a comprehensive and compassionate assessment of your goals and your needs.

See how Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiology, Allied Health Assistants and our Wheelchair and Seating Specialist can help.

  • Walking training and practice
  • Falls prevention and balance training
  • Practice of tasks such as sitting, standing, and transferring
  • Prescription of assistive technology
  • Coordination training
  • Spasticity and tone management to maintain flexibility
  • Pain management and prevention of chronic injuries
  • Sensory retraining
  • Set up of aquatic physiotherapy programs to allow you to exercise safely in the water
  • Support worker training
  • Vestibular assessment and management
  • Motor relearning and facilitation to improve your body’s ability to move
  • Return to running training
  • Splinting and orthotics including collaboration with Second Skin and various
  • Orthotists to assist you with your function and daily tasks
  • Collaboration with medical specialists
  • Provide education about your conditionProvide home exercise programs
Occupational Therapy
  • Cognitive strategies together with neuropsychology involvement
  • Upper limb intervention and splinting
  • Community access training and assessment
  • Assessment and prescription of assistive technology
  • Assessment and prescription of adaptive aids and equipment
  • Assessment for minor or major home modifications
  • Assessment for housing solutions, such as Supported Independent Living (SIL) or Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA).
  • Functional retraining for everyday activities including personal care, household tasks and cooking.
  • Identifying level of support worker assistance required
  • Facilitating return to work goals
  • Assisting with holiday planning
  • Fatigue management strategies
Exercise Physiology
  • Targeted strength training
  • Balance training
  • Tailored cardiovascular exercise
  • Manual wheelchair skills
  • Return to swimming training
  • Prescription of a tailored gym program
  • Bike and Trike training
Wheelchair and seating
  • Power and manual wheelchair prescription
  • Complex seating and positioning solutions
Allied Health Assistant
  • Support and supervise exercise programs prescribed by treating allied health professionals to increase frequency of therapy
  • Support allied health professionals with clients who require multiple therapists’ assistance

At Steps we pride ourselves on working collaboratively with your interdisciplinary team, including neuropsychologists, speech pathologists, orthotist, dietician, recreation specialists, community nurses, neurologists, general practitioners and other allied health or medical staff.

For more information on Acquired Brain Injury please contact us.