Traumatic Brain Injury Is Common In Veterans


Pleasant Gap, Pa. - Veterans Day may have passed, but every day, soldiers are returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan after sustaining a brain injury, and the battle to get their lives back continues.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs, military brain injuries commonly result from attacks with weapons such as rocket propelled grenades, improvised explosive devices, and land mines. Others may have been involved in motor vehicle crashes or other trauma that resulted in brain injuries.

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are medical conditions that require specialty care, including rehabilitation. HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital offers personalized rehabilitation options for veterans dealing with the after effects of traumatic brain injury. Through vigorous physical, occupational, and speech therapy at HealthSouth, brain function can improve.

Brain injury rehabilitation focuses on:
        - Restoring the best possible level of mobility, safety, and social interaction
        - Successful return to home, school, and meaningful occupation
        - Training and adaptation for long-term limitations    
        - Home-based services assessments, as needed
        - Emotional support for the patient and caregivers

"Rehabilitation at HealthSouth revolves around consistent therapy treatments which retrain the brain to maximize the individual's independence," said Dr. Richard Allatt, Medical Director at HealthSouth Nittany Valley. "Our Brain Injury Program is certified by the Joint Commission - the 'gold seal of approval' in healthcare. We utilize an interdisciplinary team approach, and state-of-the-art technology, to design a rehabilitation program for each patient's needs."

About HealthSouth Nittany Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is a 73-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Centre region and five surrounding counties, the hospital is located at 550 West College Avenue, Pleasant Gap, and on the Web at Outpatient clinics are located in Pleasant Gap, Mifflintown, and Lewistown.

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is the nation's largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of patients treated and discharged, revenues, and number of hospitals. Operating in 27 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics, and home health agencies. HealthSouth's hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at

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