BUFFALO, N.Y. – Doctors everywhere have always encouraged patients to get out of the hospital beds and be active as soon as it’s safe to do so. Exercise not only reduces swelling and inflammation, it also increases circulation and speeds up the healing process. However, brain injuries are a different story.
Buffalo car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say traumatic brain injuries are a common issue for victims of car crashes and other accidents but they are still difficult to diagnose and treat.
“A victim might not have any symptoms of a brain injury for days or weeks after an accident in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “That’s why our attorneys always recommend seeing a doctor, even if you don’t feel any pain after an accident.”
Doctors and surgeons say a damaged brain is vulnerable to a lack of blood flow and increased activity could set a patient’s progress back. At least, that was the generally-accepted rule patients were told to abide by. One study conducted by a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic could change the “rest” strategy for patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries.
After analyzing more than 600 patients with brain injuries, researchers found that moving around and resuming physical activity had clear benefits. For example, patients who began physical therapy or rehabilitation soon after their injury spent less time in the intensive care unit; and less time in the hospital.
“Rehab is costly and it can sometimes be extremely difficult but it’s proven to be very beneficial for accident victims,” Cellino said. “When a client comes to us in need of physical therapy, we do everything we can to get the recovery they need.”
The study is already seeing lasting changes in the healthcare industry. The Cleveland Clinic recently installed lifts at every bedside in the Neurointensive Care Unit. These lifts make it safer and easier for nurses and doctors to move patients.
Experts suggest the physical activity “rewires” the brain, changing neural circuits and forming new connections.
Doctors said although initial studies are providing more insight into how the brain recovers from injuries, the research also demonstrates how little experts truly understand about how the brain operates and it’s still unclear if all brain injuries should be treated the same.