Why Proper Rehabilitation Is Essential to Recovering Function
by Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D.
Recovery from a brain injury is a slow process with no obvious end point—a practical dilemma for patients, caregivers, and medical professionals. While research continues to advance the field to determine optimal interventions, front-line providers have found that certain rehabilitation environments and procedures encourage a stronger recovery than others. But even as specialized facilities make strides, many people face barriers to adequate care.
In a complementary article, Marcela Pekna, M.D., Ph.D., and Milos Pekny, M.D., Ph.D., explain what happens within the brain after injury and how scientists’ growing awareness of the brain’s capacity for repair could lead to better treatment options.