Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy & Pediatric Brain Injuries
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a neonatal and pediatric brain injury that occurs when there is a lack of oxygen (hypoxic), lack of blood flow (ischemic) which results in brain damage (encephalopathy). HIE can affect the body in a multitude of different ways. Common symptoms are dystonia, muscular tone changes (spasticity/hypotonia), seizures, strabismus, cognitive delays, decreased digestive motility and dysautonomia (neurostorms). The severity of the injury can be attributed to multiple factors including the area of the brain that sustained the injury and the duration of oxygen depletion.
We are able to co-manage this condition by formulating an individualized treatment plan that focuses on promoting neuroplasticity. In short, neuroplasticity is the ability for the brain to grow new and more efficient connections. From our examination and radiographic findings, we are able to perform specific exercises to maximize neuroplasticity in the injured areas.
We offer an intensive therapy program for this population since most individuals that seek care travel from around the world. An intensive consists of getting treated multiple times a day for one or two weeks. Not only does this accommodate people traveling from long distances, but also gives us the ability to “jump-start” the road to recovery and promote proper changes in the brain.
At the conclusion of the intensive, Dr. Bor will formulate a detailed home plan that you will be encouraged to follow. This plan will help reinforce the therapies performed during the intensive and continue to promote proper neuroplasticity. The road to recovery is a journey, but Dr. Bor will give many recommendations on how to navigate this journey properly.