The Bodies Greatest Mystery – How does the brain cope when it suffers an injury?            

The human brain is the most fascinating organ in the human body. It runs the entire body and all of the functions and is responsible for personality, likes and dislikes, talents and imagination (to name but a few!). There is still a great deal that we don’t know about this unbelievably complex organ and how it works. Brain surgery has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few decades and we have come closer to understanding a lot more about how the brain works.

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When something goes wrong with the brain, because we don’t know as much about it as other organs, it can be difficult to judge the severity of the problem or what the chances of a recovery are for the person suffering from the problem.

If someone suffers a severe head injury, the effects, recovery time and chances of a full recovery are based on so many different factors that it can be difficult for doctors to be able to be certain what will happen. There are tests that can be done to give a good indication of the damage to the brain, but there are many examples where doctors have been shocked by people who have defied the odds to make a full recovery, or seemingly had very little wrong but have never recovered.

Unlike other cells in the human body, brain cells do not regenerate – once they are destroyed that is it. However, the brain being as clever as it is, performs a function known as brain ‘plasticity’ – it reorganises itself to make up for the parts of the brain that have been damaged. If someone suffering from a brain injury is trying to recover, a good way that specialists often advise can help is doing activities that rebuild and develop damaged parts of the brain.

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Timescales vary enormously when it comes to brain injuries. Within the first couple of months, the picture can be very unclear, and recoveries can happen at different rates. Generally speaking, a younger person is much more likely of making a full recovery but that isn’t to say that an older person will not. Most experts say it is best to wait a full year before trying to guess the outcome and make decisions on how best to help the person long term. Assistance with daily tasks such as that offered by care workers Gloucester company may well be necessary for those suffering from a brain injury, and expert care is often key to the patient being able to make a recovery and live a happy and fulfilled life.

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