Pace of Recovery following Coma and Severe Brain Injury
Due to the uncertainty after traumatic brain injury, it is difficult to predict recovery. The recovery from traumatic brain injury happens in stages. The acute stage includes intensive, medical and technical treatment which happen in an acute care facility. Next, recovery shifts to focus on the stages of physical, occupational and neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Recovery happens fastest during the initial weeks of the brain injury or after the emergence from the coma. Do not be mislead by the rapid early recovery to think that a full recovery will happen at such rate. When there is a slowdown in the pace of recovery, it can be very difficult for loved ones. Keep in mind that each individual progresses at their own rate. A slowdown in progress does not mean an end to brain injured person’s recovery. Continued gains have been reported even several years after the injury. It is important to be committed to a life time of recovery from a severe brain injury. For detailed case histories of recovery from brain injury, visit TBI Voices, http://tbivoices.com
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