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Neurorehabilitation – an essential way forward for brain injury patients

29th March 2019

Neurological rehabilitation therapy – neurorehabilitation – teaches or re-trains patients how to recover or improve their communication skills and mobility, as well as other aspects of their daily lives. The main aim of such therapy is to get patients’ skills working at the highest possible level as a step towards adopting a positive mood and rebuilding their self-esteem.

Neurological rehabilitation can offer all patients great help. It is a process that aims to optimise an individual’s participation in society and sense of wellbeing. With a focus on the patient as a person, goals are set in relation to social functioning, health, and wellbeing. As such, neurorehabilitation is not necessarily restricted to patients who are expected to recover, partially or completely – it is appropriate for anyone who has been left with long-term problems, and there is strong evidence supporting its effectiveness.

For those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, neurorehabilitation is essential because it can re-educate and help them cope with family, friends, work and leisure as independently as possible. Rather than being bound to a set process, therapy regimes focus on making plans and setting goals that are important and relevant to the patient’s own particular circumstances without imposing vague or subjective targets.

An interdisciplinary process, neurological rehabilitation involves working closely with a range of relevant health professionals. It can produce real benefits in terms of functional improvement, fewer unnecessary complications and better coordination of services for patients.

Therapists are able to work with individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, tailoring treatment around their patients’ individual aspirations or according to goals that have been identified by their loved ones as important and meaningful to them. And neurorehabilitation can go beyond the traditional or ‘normal’ rehabilitation model to include as therapy music, art, aromatherapy, yoga and mindfulness.

For neurological rehabilitation to be successful, timing is important. Compared with the usual pattern of care, intensive rehabilitation at an early stage not only aids recovery but also improves the outcome for patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Neurorehabilitation can bring hope to individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury – expert, experienced therapists work with them to help them rebound, recover and reconnect.

George Ide’s specialist personal injury team works closely with individual case managers to ensure our clients receive the right treatments to help them achieve maximum benefit. For more information or for confidential advice about your case, contact us on 01243 786668 or email us at info@georgeide.co.uk.

Emma Dryden. Solicitor, Personal Injury department.

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