California brain injury patients and early mobility

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Friday, July 10, 2015.

California residents may be interested in medical research that supports the theory that movement is good for brain injury patients. It is common practice for doctors to encourage surgical patients to move as soon as possible as mobility increases circulation, reduces inflammation and swelling, and speeds healing. On the other hand, brain injury patients have largely been encouraged to stay in bed and rest for longer periods. The brain is susceptible to a lack of blood flow, which means that increased activity early on can pose a risk in the early stages of recovery and may explain this practice.

Determining recovery times after a brain injury

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

A child who suffers a traumatic brain injury will sometimes recover relatively quickly. However, some children may show symptoms for years after the injury occurs. Researchers at two California universities have studied the issue and have determined that damage done to fatty sheaths around the nerves in the brain may account for this difference. Previously, researchers thought that the severity of the injury was the main driver of a child’s recovery time.