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How long does it take to recover from a brain injury?

f you have suffered a brain injury or know somebody who has, you may have questions about recovery.

Is it possible to recover from a brain injury, especially a severe one? This is not an easy question to answer because the effects of brain injuries differ. You might recover fully, or your recovery might be slow and yield only slight progress.

Rapid recovery

Generally, the greatest rate of recovery occurs in the first six months following the injury. You will likely see rapid improvement in areas like motor function and your ability to concentrate. Your recovery, however, depends on many factors. With the passage of time, the rate of your recovery will diminish.

Later recovery

After the first six months, your improvement will depend on your personal circumstances. Your health history before the injury, your age, and your level of activity before your injury could affect how you recover.

In some cases, recovery hits a plateau. You might not be able to go back to your old job. You might have persistent problems with thinking or concentrating. You might be able to drive with some accommodations, or you may not be able to drive at all. In some cases, people do not recover enough to live alone or live without some form of assistance.

A lifetime process

While it may be possible to recover completely from a brain injury, for many people recovery is a lifetime process. To achieve the best quality of life possible, you may need to adjust your current circumstances, such as where you live and where you work.

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