Tracy Morgan's Brain Injury: Recovery Can Take Years, Experts Say

 – June 2, 2015  –– 

Almost a year after the horrific traffic accident that wounded his body and injured his brain, Tracy Morgan says he is on the mend, although he still walks with a cane and has headaches and memory problems. After a brain injury patients are tested so that rehab specialists can zero in on the abilities that have been most damaged, Smith said. The good news for patients with brain injuries is recovery can continue throughout a lifetime and isn't limited to the first one or two years after the initial damage has been done. Still, getting quality rehab right away is essential. "You want to mobilize neuroplasticity," said Wayne Gordon, PhD, the Jack Nash Professor and vice chair of the department of rehabilitation medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center. That means, the sooner you can get the brain to start to rewire around damage, the better the prognosis, Gordon explained.

- Wayne Gordon, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Jack Nash Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vice Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, The Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center

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