Treatment, Rehabilitation and Therapy

The brain has a property known as plasticity, which means that when areas of the brain are damaged and a person loses the ability to perform particular functions as a result, areas of the brain that are still operating effectively can adapt to perform functions that were lost.

While full functionality may not be recovered due to the brain’s plasticity, partial function may return, improving a person’s life considerably in comparison to if they had permanently lost the functions performed by the damaged areas.

Facilitating the brain’s plasticity for function regain is not a simple process or one without a tough struggle for the injured person, who must relearn many basic skills in order to stimulate the brain into adapting.

This difficult progression can be very frustrating, draining and mentally challenging for those suffering with brain injuries, a point demonstrated by the fact that the most improvement and return of function occurs in the first 12 or 18 months of the recovery process, beyond which the rate of improvement can be suddenly slow. This may feel to the injured person that they are not going to make any further improvements, which can be demoralising and have a negative effect on a person’s future recovery because much of the battle is down to determination.

While it is imperative that a person in rehabilitation and therapy does not have idealistic expectations, it is essential that they continue to believe that their condition can keep on an upward curve because many people do in fact see noteworthy progress in their condition a considerable time after the first 18 month period. The first phase of rehabilitation is the most decisive time for progression, but it is certainly not the only time for progression.

Our expert panel of serious injury solicitors understand how important treatment, rehabilitation and therapy are in aiding learning and improvement. They also recognise the need for emotional support for an injured person and their family in order to ensure that the challenging recovery process is confronted with full effort without the need for the family to sacrifice other aspects of life, such as education or employment. Our specialist solicitors’ experience of serious injury compensation claims is invaluable in order that they may obtain on your behalf the compensation that you and your loved ones need to begin the rebuilding process after your injuries, starting with tailored treatment, rehabilitation and therapy.

The Stages Of Treatment And Rehabilitation

In The Hospital

A serious brain injury usually requires care at a hospital in the first instance due to the fact that a patient will usually be in a critical condition in an intensive care unit, requiring treatment for a long period of time.

Despite the fact that a patient is in intensive care and is still receiving medical treatment, the process of rehabilitation may begin with assessments of the consequences of the injuries sustained in order that the rehabilitation and therapy needs of the patient may be ascertained.

As An In-patient

Often, a brain injured patient discharged from the hospital will go to an in-patient facility to undertake a variety of types of intense rehabilitation in the form of private and group sessions every day. This helps them regain a degree of independence to allow them to return home.

As An Out-patient

An injured person is unlikely to able to live independently after the in-patient stage, despite the great strides that can be made to their functional independence. Out-patient treatment provides further rehabilitation either at a centre or at the patient’s home, depending on their particular programme and needs.

At Home

This stage needs an individual and their family to remain dedicated to the exercises they are asked to carry out so that they may achieve set targets. It is the most self-sufficient stage of rehabilitation, which is why support from family and friends is of fundamental importance in order that the patient remains positive and motivated so that their progression may continue.

Types Of Therapy

Psychotherapy

One type of psychotherapy, called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is extremely effective. It generally targets those with or at risk of depression as a result of their injuries. It aims to discover how an individual’s thought processes affect their actions and the way their actions affect their thought processes. By targeting thought processes and actions that reinforce them, negativity in their thinking can be reduced while positive thoughts are encouraged. This can help to reduce stress levels and allow a person to look ahead to the future by adopting a positive outlook.

Rational Emotive Therapy has become more used of late. This is a type of psychotherapy that tackles the irrational demands people place upon their life by having too much expectation about many aspects of it in order to negate the stress and anxiety that results from being disappointed by these unrealistic expectations.

Occupational Therapy

Tasks previously considered simple, such as eating, are likely to be difficult to many of those suffering from serious brain injuries. Occupational therapy aims to maximise a person’s independence by helping a person to relearn lost abilities and by teaching them how to adapt to their new level of capability in order to perform the tasks that they need to on a daily basis.

Neurological Physical Therapy

This type of therapy aims to improve the functional and physical aspect of impairments that have resulted from serious brain injuries, such as movement, by putting an injured person through physical exercises in order to improve muscle strength, physical stamina and to stimulate nerve regeneration.

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