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Duration and intensity of rehabilitation after a brain injury

Medical care is crucial after a brain injury, but insurance companies often place strict limits on how long services like rehabilitation can last. Recent studies have shown that longer rehabilitation might actually help victims of traumatic brain injuries to recover more function than what is possible with the abbreviated services that insurance companies allow.

Through intensive rehabilitation that is ongoing, the damaged nervous system has a chance to regenerate. Researchers turned to rats to learn how intensive therapy affected the brain. The results provided an interesting insight into how the inability of a person to get appropriate rehabilitation after a brain injury might have a negative impact on the rest of his or her life.

The study found that there was a 50 percent return to function when the rats had long-term and intense therapy after the injury. Rats that didn't receive that therapy didn't have the regeneration or return to function that was found in the rats that received therapy.

On top of the information regarding rehabilitation that was noted, researchers also discovered that cholinesterase inhibitors, which are commonly used in Alzheimer's treatments might benefit people with have suffered a brain injury. This medication helps to boost the production of acetylcholine, which is a chemical that encourages nerves to send signals to other cells.

People who have suffered from brain injuries might find what insurance companies will provide is restrictive. Seeking compensation for the injuries they suffered is a step toward obtaining the financial means necessary to get the treatments, including more intensive rehab for a longer duration, that can help improve recovery after the injury.

Source: Knowridge, "Longer, intense rehabilitation can improve recovery after brain injury," Nov. 18, 2016

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