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Despite adaptations, long-term effects of brain injury remain

The human body is truly an amazing thing. Its ability to adapt to various conditions and injuries, is truly remarkable and in some cases, is nothing less than miraculous. Take, for example, our body's ability to heal from a traumatic brain injury.

Pennsylvania residents may be interested to hear that after a person suffers a brain injury, their brain is able to make new links to overcome the injury. The brain develops alternative routes, linking parts of the brain that must work together. Moreover, the brain is able to strengthen the links it makes. The new links are called, "hyperconnections."

However, according to new research, these connections come at a price -- they can put stress on the brain's reserves. The new connections may require an increase in energy, and may not be as effective as the old connections.

This, in turn, can cause a person to suffer other conditions later on in life, such as Alzheimer's disease. This may be because the new, less effective, links in the brain cause harmful deposits to accumulate, which can negatively affect the persons' brain.

While this research is interesting, it is important to highlight that a traumatic brain injury can have long-lasting effects. A person with a traumatic brain injury may need extensive medical care and therapy to recover, which could take a significant amount of time. And, while recovering, a person may not be able to work, resulting in lost wages.

These expenses can build up to the point where they are overwhelming. A person with a brain injury should be able to focus on healing, but their financial situation can cause a significant amount of stress and uncertainty.

This stress can be exasperated if the brain injury was caused due another person's negligence, for example, through a car accident. When this is the case, a person may want to determine if they can take legal action against the responsible party, to pursue the compensation needed to cope with their financial losses.

Source:, "Brain's ability to rewire after injury can lead to long-term strains," April 25, 2017

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