The duration of symptoms has a lot to do with the severity of the injury. Typically, the most rapid recovery occurs in the first six months after a brain injury. In milder cases, many people with a brain injury can be back to normal as soon as three months. If you suffered a severe injury, recovery could take several years. As time progresses, improvements will be more gradual. Factors that affect your recovery include type of injury, age, pre-work history, social support network and your outlook on life.
It’s important to remember that not everyone recovers at the same rate. People who are under 40 typically recover faster and have fewer symptoms during the time they are recovering. If you are over 40, your recovery may be a slower process and you may have more symptoms at first. If you are older or you have been hospitalised for head injuries before, you should expect recovery to take 6 to 12 months even after a mild brain injury. Establishing an everyday routine is crucial to recovery.
Most doctors who treat head injuries agree that recovery is faster when you get enough rest during the weeks after you leave hospital. It’s important not to try and go back to your life too fast. We recommend a gradual reintroduction to work, exercise, social activities and family responsibilities. Don’t try it all at once.