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When i was 18 i had a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident. is any further recovery after 3 years likely?

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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology 33 years experience
Maybe some: Its a more complex question than may be readily apparent. Generally, individuals are considered to be at maximum improvement at 2 years, which is long after the rate of recovers is very noticeable. However, having testing people sequentially for beyond that time, we do see some milder less significant gains. Complexity is added in that at 18 a males frontal lobes are still being myelinated.
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 41 years experience
No: Recovery from brain injury is usually maximal at 1 to 2 years. Further recovery after that is unlikely, though there may be some benefit in continuing with cognitive therapy if it is helpful.

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