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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic to host ribbon-cutting ceremony at new building

By Unknown | health | September 28, 2010

FORT RILEY, Kan. – The opening of a new mild traumatic brain injury clinic on Custer Hill will showcase a newly renovated, specially designed building to provide ample space and an appropriate environment to treat mTBI. This clinic environment facilitates multi-disciplinary treatment leading service members toward to a full recovery.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at 7606 Parker Drive, off Normandy.

MTBI, sudden trauma to the brain caused by force resulting in a concussion, has been termed one of the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A range of debilitating mTBI symptoms can accompany an mTBI: headaches, balance problems, hearing problems, lack of self-control, mood changes, ringing in the ears, problems sleeping and memory loss.

Since January 2008, IACH's mTBI program has served more than 860 service members, including 210 warriors in transition, with patient enrollment ranging from 40 to 200 Warriors per month.

It's important to understand the symptoms of mTBI to recognize it and provide treatment to those affected. Seeking prompt medical help for a brain injury is an act of strength and courage and is key to recovery. Most of those affected by mild TBI will experience a full recovery with no lasting symptoms or difficulties, said Maj. Jennifer Glidewell, mTBI officer in charge.

The design of the new clinic provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral health treatment and other medical care specific to rehabilitation of these injuries.

A staff of more than 20 medical professionals in the disciplines of neuropsychology, psychology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), primary care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, case management, and clinical social work offer services to active duty Warriors.

A tour of the new facility will be offered directly following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

For additional information on the mTBI clinic and answers to frequently asked questions, visit http://iach.amedd.army.mil.

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