Brain injury, whether from TBI or stroke, is a complex condition with a wide range of injury severity and outcomes. So, when someone asks, “How long will recovery take?”, the answer really depends on the cause of the injury, location, severity and the general health of the patient.
The one thing the answer should not be is “that’s as good as your recovery will get.” Many medical providers used to say this in the past, but published research has since proven that brain injury and stroke survivors can push past a supposed “progress plateau” and improve with effective and continuous brain rehabilitation—even years after the initial event.
The true progression of recovery is characterized by fits and starts and bursts often interspersed with periods of seemingly little change, or even falling back. But with the right stimulation and therapy, recovery can keep moving forward. That’s why it’s important to keep practice and therapy going, even when it feels like progress has stopped.
This is due to something called spontaneous recovery, where the brain is healing from the trauma of the injury, and as a result, physical, cognitive, and language difficulties may improve very quickly. This is especially true in the first days, weeks, and even months after brain injury.
The term “neuroplasticity” (or “brain plasticity”) refers to the ability of our brains to reorganize, both physically and functionally, throughout our lives, due to our environment. One of the biggest shifts in our understanding of brain plasticity is that it is a lifelong phenomenon, and this understanding has had a profound impact on developing therapy for those recovering from brain injury.
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Post‐Crainiotomy memories seem TOO vivid. Learning to manage new ideas along with memories and strong feelings is taking longer than I expected.
This is awesome. Recently my husband started therapy with a new speech therapist. We had taken a break and thought we would try someone new.
His first comment was, “you know most recovery happens in the first 3 to 6 months after a stroke.”
I stood my ground and told him my husband was two years past his stroke and had steadily been improving. He agreed to work with him but my husband didn’t feel like he was really helping him.
So we are continuing with Constant Therapy and I work with him with flash cards. We have letters, numbers and words.
I am excited to say we might be joining an aphasia study. Looking forward to what they can do for him.
Sharon- Love your enthusiasm. Keep advocating and please tell your husband to keep up the good work. We wish you all the best.
For the last month I have been going to a sauna 5 days a week. The Sauna has to be at least 160 degrees. I can see great improvement on my neuroplasticity. If it is possible for anyone that has had a brain injury science tells us that can help to heal.
That’s great news that you are seeing a difference in your neuroplasticity, Robert! We will be interested to see if others respond with similar results or scientific information that supports this.