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Brain Injury Recovery: Busting the Myth of the "Plateau"

Brain injury, whether from TBI or stroke, is a complex condition with a wide range of injury severity and and variable outcomes. So, when a patient or caregiver asks, “How long will recovery take?” the answer really depends on cause of the injury, location, severity and the general health of the patient. The one thing the answer will not be is “six months” or “one year” “and at that point that’s as good as it gets.” These answers are what many medical providers used to give in the past, but published research has since proven that brain injury and stroke survivors can push past a supposed “progress plateau” and improve with effective and continuous brain rehabilitation—even years after the initial event. This post addresses the myth of the brain injury plateau and provides tips for getting past it, because…you can!

What Really Happens Inside the Brain During a Sports Concussion

A concussion, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is any kind of bump, blow or jolt to the head that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement causes the brain to bounce around in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

A Guide to Right Hemisphere Brain Damage

Leaving food on half their plate... Drawing only half an object… Starting writing from the middle of the page… Insisting they waved their left hand when they actually didn't... If you’ve observed any of these behaviors, you’ve seen some of the amazing, yet problematic neurological symptoms of right hemisphere brain damage caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Right Brain Injury vs. Left Brain Injury | Understanding the Impact of Brain Injury on Daily Life

You've had a brain injury or stroke and certain things in your daily life are affected, but not everything. You know your injury was on the right side of your brain. So, why are you having trouble with actions on the left side of your body? Here's a quick explanation of which side of the brain is responsible for what types of thoughts, emotions, and actions. You might be surprised!  

Science Says: Your Brain Only Changes When You Really Challenge It

Some days putting in the hard work for brain injury or stroke recovery can be… well, frankly, hard. Here’s why that’s normal and how to get through it.

Hit a Brain Injury Recovery Plateau? It's Normal, and You Will Move Beyond It

Feel like you’re in a rut on your road to recovery? You’re not alone. It’s normal. Keep going, because things WILL change.

Brain Plasticity is the Key to Recovery after Brain Injury or Stroke [INFOGRAPHIC]

The term “neuroplasticity” or “brain plasticity” refers to the ability of your brain to reorganize itself, both physically and functionally, throughout your life, due to your environment. One of the biggest shifts in our understanding of brain plasticity is that it is a lifelong phenomenon.

Digital Brain Therapy vs. "Brain Games" – Know the Difference

When we’re at conferences or panels, we often get asked “what is the difference between “brain games” or “brain fitness” apps, and cognitive and speech therapy apps like Constant Therapy?”

Don't Ignore Head Injuries: The Science Behind Concussions

A few years ago, the movie Concussion, brought this frequent sports injury to the forefront of the news. The movie focuses on a real-life doctor who brings awareness to the significant risk that some of our nation’s top athletic stars – football players – undergo each time they walk on to the field, whether during practice or during a game.

Concussion: Potential Causes and Long-Term Impact

Fact: Sports are second only to car crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in youth.

Constant Therapy is an award-winning cognitive and speech therapy app, created for survivors of stroke, brain injury, and other neurogenic disorders.

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