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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.