Recovering from catastrophic injury: A patient’s journey through the healthcare system and a new model for continued rehabilitative care
Recovery from neurologic injury (spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke) is a life-changing process that takes months or years of access to aggressive physical therapy and specialized interventions. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of care in many of the world’s complex healthcare systems, many state-of-the-art rehabilitative tools are not offered. Patients are also discharged from rehabilitation after an average of only 28 days, long before they can maximize recovery. As a result, most patients are unprepared emotionally, mentally and physically for life after injury. This void in the continuum of care must change. With the right model of support, it can.