Can an Injured Brain Heal Itself?
A traumatic brain injury can lead to life-long symptoms for victims. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. However, there are some instances in which the brain may be able to heal itself. Get the facts on traumatic brain injury and the brain’s ability to recover.
The Brain’s Flexibility
In general, the brain has an incredible ability to recover from sustained injuries. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or following injury.
Brain reorganization occurs by mechanisms such as “axonal sprouting” in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed, such as in a traumatic brain injury. For example, if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the other hemisphere may take over some of the damaged hemisphere’s functions. The brain does this by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons, which usually happens through brain stimulation and activity.
However, most medical practitioners are hesitant to predict a traumatic brain injury victim’s ability to recover because there are many different factors involved in each victim’s injury, including:
The severity of the injury
The part of the brain that is damaged
The victim’s personality and attitude to rehabilitation
The amount and quality of the victim’s rehabilitation
The support received from loved ones
Any predictions made by a traumatic brain injury victim’s doctor will depend on the circumstances of the victim’s injury. The brain is an extremely complicated organ, and some mild traumatic brain injuries have presented symptoms throughout victims' lives, while some moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries have completely resolved.
If you or someone you love has received a traumatic brain injury in an accident, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. At Scarlett Law Group, we have recovered millions for victims and their families to cover unexpected medical expenses and lost wages.
Contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 to learn how we can help you.