Activity could be critical to succesful brain injury treatment

Brain injuries are a major concern to people in West Virginia and elsewhere; these types of injuries may have significant impact on a victim's life, and recovery can often be lengthy or difficult. According to one new Columbia University study involving mice, it may be more effective for people with brain injuries to become active again as soon as possible rather than resting for a lengthy period of time. The study results could indicate the potential for treatment regimens that center on promoting activity in order to achieve faster or more complete recovery after brain injury.

While many have seen long rest periods as a way to help the brain recover from trauma, researchers say that brain engagement immediately after the injury could be more helpful to recovery. Mice with an injury to the cortex were more able to re-learn tasks when returned immediately to the task than when made to wait three days.

Researchers noted that the findings indicate the complex nature of the brain and the need for additional study of rehabilitation methods after traumatic brain injury. The research team that produced the report is working to learn more about the cerebral cortex, the largest region of the brain in humans and other mammals. This region of the brain is related to movement, memory, sight and smell. However, some sensory responses may be more widely distributed in the brain than previously expected, researchers noted.

Recovery from a brain injury can be a slow, arduous and costly process. Unfortunately, many brain injuries are caused by others' negligence; car accidents and unsafe properties are major contributors to head trauma. People who have been injured due to others may want to work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their damages, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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