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Noninvasive Brain Stimulation: Michael's Story


Michael had a series of different injuries, starting with a fall in the bathroom that led to a traumatic brain injury which required surgery and the removal of part of his skull. As a result of a long recovery period without part of his skull in place, Michael had a stroke in 2017 due to an unstable intracranial pressure which had the greatest physical impact on his ability to walk, on his cognition and paralysis (loss of muscle function) in his left arm.

Following another long recovery with rehabilitation close to home, Michael was told he had reached his limit on what he could do. This was not something Michael and his partner, Jason, would accept. That’s when research led them to the Johns Hopkins Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) program that helped set Michael on a path to recovery.

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About Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden injury damages the brain. The most common cause is falls, but it can also result from blunt force trauma, motor vehicle accidents and violent assaults. TBIs can lead to a range of physical and cognitive symptoms.

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Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Program

The noninvasive brain stimulation program at Johns Hopkins offers different forms of brain stimulation techniques paired with evidence-based rehabilitation to help treat a variety of neurological conditions. By stimulating the brain via electrical current or a magnetic field, NIBS can help improve symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury.

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