Exercise can Slow Cognitive Decline with Traumatic Brain Injuries
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer. While much of the focus with a traumatic brain injury is the immediate recovery process, there are chronic complications that can develop as well. One of the most debilitating issues is the decline of someone’s mental function. Fortunately, a new research study has found a way to slow this cognitive decline.
Mental Deterioration with Traumatic Brain Injuries
When someone has suffered a traumatic brain injury, they may not realize that they have lost any mental capacity for some time after. The symptoms can be delayed even after the injury has been diagnosed. First, the symptoms could be subtle. Someone could have difficulty sleeping, trouble remembering where they placed their keys, or have emotional swings. Over time, depending on the type of traumatic brain injury, these issues could become more pronounced. They may have extreme difficulty managing their finances. They could have issues driving from place to place. They may even have trouble recognizing the faces of loved ones, a manifestation of extreme memory loss. While these comorbidities may be extreme (and could include chronic pain), there are treatment options available. One of them does not involve taking a pill of any kind.
Exercise can Slow the Mental Deterioration
A recent study published by professionals has demonstrated that regular exercise can delay the cognitive and mental decline seen with traumatic brain injuries. Depending on the type of exercise and the severity of the traumatic injury, the decline could be delayed by years. There have been numerous studies that have demonstrated the benefit of exercise on other chronic medical problems, such as diabetes. The theory with exercise and traumatic brain injuries is the same. When people exercise, their body responds by stimulating the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to the various parts of the body. This exercise stimulates the delivery of oxygen to the brain as well, helping to keep current neuronal collections alive while repairing others. This slows the rate of cognitive decline from neurological damage.
Legal Assistance can be a Stress Relief
Someone who experiences cognitive decline could have serious logistical and financial issues that could merit the attention of a legal professional. Health insurance companies, disability claims, and workers’ compensation issues could create substantial stress for a family. A patient who has experienced polytrauma, such as bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, or other issues, could require surgical attention that could lead to mounting medical costs. The mountain of paperwork could appear endless and feel overwhelming. For assistance, a caring attorney could remove this stress and allow the family to focus on what matters most. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help because nobody should ever feel alone.
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