After a work injury, the road to recovery can be a long and painful process. There are many types of injuries and some of those can have serious repercussions for the worker. One example of a serious work injury is a head injury. This can occur in different work settings, such as a construction site where there is debris falling and heavy machinery moving constantly.
Head injuries often lead to brain injuries, which can impact a worker in many ways. A serious brain injury can reduce a worker's ability to control body movement and may impair their ability to respond in stressful situations. In addition, some brain injuries can damage parts of the brain that control memory retention and cognitive functions. If a worker suffers a serious brain injury, can they recover and return back to work?
While the answer to that question may not be the same for everyone, one man who suffered from a severe brain injury is proving that recovery is possible. And while recovery back to the state that he was originally in may not be possible, he has come a long way given the seriousness of his injury.
Forty-two years ago, doctors informed the man's family that he would likely be unable to speak or move or think rationally after suffering a serious brain injury. But now, he can walk, talk and has even had a book published. With his wife by his side, he has made a startling recovery thanks to physical therapy and exercise, mind exercises, and good support.
A key factor in promoting recovery from a brain injury such as the one the man endured is social support. According to brain injury research, social acceptance can play a large role in helping brain injury victims become contributing members of society once again.
Whether that is in a work or social environment, knowing that those around you are supportive can help the recovery process immensely.
Source: The Los Angeles Times online, "With help, Leonard Rugh emerged from Vietnam," Melissa Healy, 24 January 2011