The quality of care available for brain injury victims in the US is evident in the case of Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at close range in the head. Her seemingly miraculous recovery isn’t as unusual as it once was, now that doctors are more knowledgeable about treating traumatic brain injury victims.
With aggressive surgery, dedicated care, and quick and thorough rehabilitation efforts, many brain injury victims experience much better results these days than TBI victims of the past.
Neuroplasticity – the new buzzword in brain injury research
If you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, your brain will work hard to rewire itself as much as it can. It will create new connections and assign tasks to undamaged areas in an effort to recover. This remarkable phenomenon of healing is known as “neuroplasticity”, and researchers are leaning more each day about how it works.
The importance of therapy and rehabilitation for TBI victims
After a serious brain injury, it is extremely important that victims receive skilled therapy as soon as possible. This is because most of the brain’s rewiring is done quite soon after an injury, and the first three to six months after an injury are a critical period for brain reorganization.
Rehabilitation can cover a variety of different areas, depending on what part of a TBI victim’s brain was injured. Therapy can target speaking ability, memory, motor skills like walking and using the arms and hands, the ability to understand and organize thoughts, and much more. Today, doctors believe that aggressive therapy does the most good, as it forces the brain to perform neuroplasticity as soon as possible after the accident.
Paying for TBI rehabilitation and therapy can be difficult – we can help
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, intense and immediate therapy may sound great – but who pays for this kind of expensive treatment? If you were hurt because of somebody else’s negligence, that is where a skilled brain injury lawyer can help. Based in Houston, our attorneys dedicate their time to helping TBI victims and their families get back on their feet after a serious brain injury. Please contact us today to see how we can help you, too.