Brain injuries can range from mild and temporary to long-lasting and life- altering. Depending on the severity and part of the brain affected, a brain injury can impair essential bodily functions, physical movement, sensory perceptions, emotions and communication skills, as well as the ability to think, pay attention, remember and make decisions.
The brain injury specialists and support staff at UK HealthCare take a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the management of brain injuries, focused on helping the person return to a full, productive life.
The brain injury specialists and support staff at UK HealthCare have extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of brain injuries.
Nontraumatic brain injuries are due to internal causes such as:
- Hypoxic/anoxic effects (lack of oxygen)
- Infectious diseases (encephalitis or meningitis)
- Toxins or poisons
Traumatic brain injuries are due to external causes, such as:
- Concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury due to a blow or jolt to the head
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI), a tearing of nerve tissues in the brain
- Skull fracture, in which the brain is injured by a blow hard enough to break the skull
UK HealthCare is a nationally renowned academic medical center with a passion for providing exceptional medical care with a compassionate touch. A respected leader in clinical care, education and research, UK HealthCare has been recognized for excellence many times.
In 2019, UK HealthCare was named the No. 1 Hospital in Kentucky by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row. In addition, 155 UK HealthCare physicians — including several from the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute — were named to the Best Doctors in America® List for 2019, more than any other Kentucky hospital. About 5% of American doctors receive this prestigious professional honor — named by other doctors as the doctors they would trust most to care for themselves or a loved one.