Posts Tagged ‘brain injury treatments’

Jeromy’s Story

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

As a young man, Jeromy loved tinkering with cars and spending time with his friends and children.

But the life Jeromy was leading took an almost fatal turn after a car accident in his home town of Texarkana left him with a decompressed skull fracture.

Jeromy spent almost two years mostly immobile. Then his mom heard about CORE Health Care and received state funding.

Jeromy’s care at CORE included simultaneous speech pathology, cognitive therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, individually and in groups.

Jeromy has gone from being bed ridden to being able to sit up on his own; from being tube fed to eating by himself. Despite a blind right eye, he’s learned to navigate on a scooter. While his brain was severely injured, he is able to build a relationship with his daughter and is slowly gaining independence.

Jeromy, we’re so proud of you and wish you much success as you continue to recover!

The incredible, adaptable brain

Posted on: July 15th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

How many of you had a plastic brain as a kid? I did and I loved taking it apart to see the different structures. I’m betting the toymakers didn’t know how prophetic their creations were.

In the 1960s, scientists discovered that the human brain can produce new cells no matter how old it is. This idea is called “neuroplasticity,” meaning the brain is capable of modifying and changing itself by creating new cells and networks.

When first announced, no one really paid much attention because most experts believe that the brain finished developing early in life. In other words, our brains were hardwired and treatments could only compensate for damage to the brain, not repair it. So patients with severe traumatic brain injuries many times were allowed to die because it was assumed that their quality of life would always be horrible.

But once doctors realized the importance of the discovery, it opened doors for new treatments for traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses that affect the brain’s ability to function. Doing rehabilitation exercises to relearn basic skills may allow a traumatically injured brain to form new neural pathways. These new connections may allow the person to walk or talk or think rationally again. (more…)