The Recovery Process for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

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Posted: 4/18/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare
The recovery process for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) varies based on the individual and the severity of the brain injury. Attempts at predicting the degree of TBI recovery are in early stages in the medical field and can be somewhat crude.  Doctors have noted recovery from traumatic brain injuries months, and even years, after the initial injury.

Medical Teams have a formula that they use when giving a prognosis for TBI Recovery…
  • How long was the patient in a Coma?  The shorter the coma, the better the prognosis for the patient.
  • Patients over 60 years of age and those under the age of 2 have the worst prognosis for recovery from TBI, even if their injuries are similar to someone not in those age groups.
  • How long did memory loss last?  The shorter the post traumatic amnesia, the better the prognosis for the patient.
There are several mechanisms that can help patients recover from Traumatic Brain Injuries. One is called Diaschisis- This is when areas of the brain that was not injured, but were linked to those that were, begin to function again on their own. Another reason TBI Recovery can be so successful is that many functions can be taken over by parts of the brain that do not usually perform a given task, we as humans are very adaptable. There are also many functions of the brain that are done in more than one area creating redundancy; this is immensely helpful because the portion of the brain that was injured can be “backed up” by the redundant area. For function that is lost, therapists can teach patients behavior substitution in which the individual learns new ways to make up for lost functions.

At the Freedom Center of Rochester, NY, patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries learn to recover and live life to their fullest potential.