Could an implant benefit those with traumatic brain injuries?

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2023 | Personal Injury

Brain injuries can have a devastating impact on someone’s life. A survivor with a brain injury may have major medical expenses. They might struggle to maintain gainful employment and may even notice changes in their closest relationships. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)s are so damaging and expensive in part because they do not typically respond to medical intervention.

The brain does not heal as fully as other injured body parts often do. Someone with a TBI may have lifelong symptoms that affect them forever. Doctors can reduce the severity of a TBI through surgery and other treatments, but there is no way to completely heal a brain injury after it develops.

Many people with brain injuries require ongoing care in the form of physical therapy or rehabilitation services, like occupational therapy. Recent research indicates that there could be hope on the horizon for those struggling with memory-related symptoms after a brain injury.

Electrical stimulation can improve cognition

Researchers have discovered that certain types of electrical implants can address symptoms in people with a host of different medical issues. The use of electrical stimulation to assist those with brain injuries is a cutting-edge area of research. The brain primarily functions via the transmission of electrical impulses, so an outside source of electrical stimulation could impact cognitive functioning.

In recent years, there have been some promising studies offering hope to those with TBIs. Researchers have successfully implanted electrodes in people’s brains that can deliver a jolt of electricity in certain circumstances. These devices can potentially assist those struggling with their memory and cognitive function after a TBI.

Some people who received implants reported significant increases in memory function and decreased time required to recall information. Patients also reported improved executive function. The study was small, with only five participants, but everyone reported noteworthy improvements in daily life and work ability.

Such treatment is only in its infancy now and may not be widely available to the public for many years. Those hoping to access cutting-edge therapies, such as electrode implants, may need to pay for their own care. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit after acquiring a TBI could help someone cover the costs inspired by receiving the best treatment possible.