Study sheds light on one factor in brain injury recuperation
The value of an education holds different meanings for different people, but most people in the Houston area would likely agree that education is positive, enriching and beneficial. Interestingly, the findings of a recent study point to education being a factor in recovery from brain injuries.
The research, which was covered in a recent article, covered the topic of functional recovery as it pertains to victims of two types of brain injury: moderate and severe. Researchers surveyed 769 individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and found that those with higher levels of education also had higher levels of recovery from their injuries.
For example, just a year after being injured, nearly 40 percent of participants who had earned a college degree were free of disability and could go back to their jobs. However, just one-tenth of those who didn't complete their high school education were at the same level of recovery a year after their injury. According to one doctor, the results point to the human brain's ability to adapt, and this adaptation is well-served by education.
Sadly, education does not guarantee that someone won't become a victim of brain injury in the first place. Brain injuries can result from a variety of causes. A car accident victim can suffer train trauma after a jarring collision, a hospital patient can experience brain injury as the result of medical malpractice and those who play sports can also fall prey to this dangerous and sometimes devastating affliction. The costs associated with recovery from a brain injury can be exorbitant, even for those with multiple degrees and solid incomes.