Brain and Spine Trauma
UT Southwestern has one of the nation’s premier neurological treatment centers at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. It offers diagnostic services and treatments to patients with a wide range of neurological conditions.
For critically ill patients with brain injuries and neurological diseases, the hospital’s Neurological Intensive Care Unit (neuro ICU) provides state-of-the-art monitoring technology and innovative treatments from physicians trained in both neurology and critical care.
In addition, the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Center brings together UT Southwestern, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Baylor University Medical Center to provide outstanding clinical care and cutting-edge research in the field of traumatic brain injury.
At UT Southwestern, our patients receive focused, expert care to maximize the chance of full recovery of brain and central nervous system function.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a violent blow or jolt to the head injures the brain. The most common causes of TBI include falls, motor vehicle accidents, and violence.
Mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells and requires rest for a full recovery. More serious traumatic brain injury can cause bruising, torn tissues, and bleeding that can result in long-term complications or death.
Spine injuries result from damage to the spinal cord, vertebrae, ligaments, or disks of the spinal column. Additional damage may occur due to bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord. Spine damage may cause permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions. Treatments and rehabilitation help many people lead productive and independent lives.