The chief complaints of returning US military service members exposed to blasts or explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan include dizziness, headaches, loss of balance (LOB), tinnitus, loss of short and long-term memory, migraines and personality changes. 29 Project JUMPSTART is a new structured interdisciplinary program offered at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) to address not only the individual soldiers' symptoms, but also their impairments, functioning and quality of life. Current physical therapy treatment for a person who has sustained a TBI usually involves a sensitive screening assessment examining such things as balance, strength, coordination, posture, and quality of life to identify the patient's impairments and functional limitations. This case study will analyze data collected on one subjects participating in Project JUMPSTART at WBAMC. This program is an interdisciplinary program, which utilizes seven assessment tools: Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction and Balance (CTSIB), Sharpened Rhomberg, Oculomotor screen, Dynamic Visual Acuity Test (DVAT), Gaze Stabilization Test (GST), Dynamic Handicap Index, and the Four Step Square Test (FSST). We would like to suggest that the findings of this study would be true for a larger sample size. The more accurate and specific the research and tests are, the greater the gain in providing the patient with a beneficial treatment plan to address not only the specific impairments, but also their quality of life. It is also unknown if a structured program will demonstrate better outcomes than individual treatments for the rehabilitation of brain injury and vestibular symptoms.
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Zinser, Maria. "Assessing the Changes in Functional Abilities of Returning Military with a Traumatic Brain Injury Following Participation in the Project JUMPSTART Program. Case Study.." (2014). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/dpt/54
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