This week we celebrate Brain Awareness Week; a time dedicated to the advancement of brain research. Here at Scott Rees & Co are no strangers to dealing with brain injuries. We have seen the impact of brain injuries, but have also seen many positive strides towards combatting the effects.
Brain injuries (both acquired and traumatic) usually have life changing consequences. It is not uncommon for a brain injury to result in after effects such as:
- Reduced brain function
- Learning disabilities
- Communication problems
- Emotional imbalances
- Behavioural shifts
We have a strong network of specialists for both surgery and rehabilitation. This allows us to provide the best quality support to those who have suffered brain injury. We ensure the right care is provided, with long term planning and support available.
Thankfully, advances in assessment and treatment has allowed for better aftercare options. Also for earlier detection of any future problems a victim of brain injury may suffer.
Cell repair and early detection
There are two key developments from the medical community for combatting brain injuries. The first is the detection of the extent of an injury. Positive moves here include new testing procedures to identify an injury. While early detection does not prevent symptoms, it does give doctors vital information. More reliable testing can pinpoint the effects the injury is likely to have in future. The earlier the tests can pick up the location of injury, the easier it is for doctors to plan ahead.
The second advancement involves the actual treatment of the injured brain cells. The brain is highly complex, with injuries incredibly difficult to locate, understand or treat. Research and testing has however changed the perception that brain injuries are ‘untreatable’. The use of stem cells has been a revolution in medicine (and no different for brain injuries).
Recent studies tested the ability to transplant young cells, to encourage repair and reset the brain. This work is still in the very early stages, looking to an answer in years rather than months. With that in mind, it is still a positive move in the right direction.
Looking to the future, there is hope for all sufferers of brain injuries that treatment will be possible. In the meantime, support networks are available to provide the best care. This is something we are heavily involved with at Scott Rees & Co.
Supporting injury sufferers
Scott Rees & Co provide expert legal care and arranged aftercare for serious injury sufferers for 25 years. In that time we have built a reliable network of doctors and specialists able to assist those with brain injuries.
If anybody you know has been involved in an accident resulting in a serious injury and would like free, impartial advice, speak to us by calling 01695 722 222. Our lines are open every weekday from 9am until 7pm. One of our team will be on hand to inform you of the best options for you and ow we can help.
If you would like to know more about how Scott Rees & Co can assist with a brain injury sufferer, visit our brain injury page for details.