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Enriched Environments Help Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

After a traumatic brain injury, your first priority is how to speed your recovery and get you back to life as normal. A new study shows recovery might not just be about what you do, but how you live.

Enriched Environments Aid Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have been studying mice with mild traumatic brain injuries and have found that how they live after the injury directly affects the speed of their recovery. The mice were split in to two groups. The first group was kept in standard cages with routine conditions. The second group got an upgrade to “enriched environments” filled with sensory stimuli, open spaces, and lots of opportunities to eat and exercise. The enriched environments gave the mice an advantage – their recoveries were markedly improved over the mice in the standard cages.

Helping Patients Recover Faster

This study shows the importance of including cognitive and occupational therapy in your traumatic brain injury treatment plan. As Professor Chagi Pick of Tel Aviv University’s Sagol School of Neuroscience and Sackler Faculty of Medicine explains:

“A house may survive an earthquake, but up close you will see cracks in the walls. This is what may happen following traumatic brain injury. An MRI might determine that the brain looks normal, but fast forward two years and the patient, who was married and successful, is suddenly unemployed, divorced, and miserable — without any awareness or understanding that new and lasting cognitive and emotional difficulties (including various degrees of amnesia, difficulty concentrating, depression, apathy, anxiety, and even a prominent personality change) emerged due to a car accident two years earlier.”

By exercising your brain and your body, you and your medical team can identify the cracks and work to correct them before they seriously affect your life. Prof. Pick continues:

“Possible clinical implications indicate the importance of adapting elements of enriched environments to humans, such as prolonged and intensive physical activity, possibly combined with intensive cognitive stimulation. Through proper exercise, stimuli, and diet, we can improve a patient’s condition. No one is promising a cure, but now we have evidence that this can help.”

Paying for Recovery Therapy

The good news for auto accident victims with traumatic brain injury is that your No-Fault insurance covers therapeutic treatments including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and even exercise programs if prescribed by your doctor. You may also be able to recover the costs of enriching your environment and modifying your home to accommodate your new medical needs.

The team at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan have helped brain injury victims get those benefits paid. David Christensen and his associates specialize in understanding and defending the therapies needed to speed your recovery. If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.