Memory Loss due to Head Injury

Can Memory Damage from a Head Injury Be Repaired?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 1-million people are treated for head injuries every year in emergency rooms. Of those, 270,000 suffer moderate to severe brain injury. The institute estimates the cost of such brain injuries to the US economy at close to $50-billion.

Brain injury may be caused by direct penetration through the skull, or it may involve a blow to the head that damages the brain in one or more areas. Head injuries are caused by accidents, falls, or assaults.

Depending on the severity of the injury, the immediate result may be as mild as a slight concussion, or more serious, such as hematoma caused by internal bleeding. Many victims may briefly lose consciousness. Severe injury can cause long-term coma.

Memory loss due to head injuryHead injury can cause changes in a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well being. Memory loss is most common, but many other cognitive functions may be damaged, too: concentration, working and long-term memory, and executive functions, especially reasoning, organizing, problem solving, controlling behavior and impulses, and the ability to make decisions. In severe cases, victims may experience amnesia, the inability (partial or total) to recall past experiences.

Recovering from a head injury takes time and requires a multilevel approach that takes all the aspects of the injury into consideration. The rehabilitation process may involve the help of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pain management, psychotherapy, and of course cognitive training.

Stroke causes another kind of injury. Also called a cerebrovascular accident, stroke is caused by a blood clot or bleeding in the brain. In the United States, more than 700,000 people each year suffer a stroke. The effects may be similar to those of external trauma, and physical therapy and speech therapy may restore much lost function in those areas.   

Stroke also can damage parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, and awareness. Stroke survivors may have dramatically shortened attention spans or deficits in short-term memory; they may lose the ability to make plans, learn new tasks, or engage in other complex mental activities. Cognitive training addresses these problems.

Both SharperBrain and SharperMemory have proven to achieve remarkable results, both for victims of head injury and victims of stroke.

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