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Predicting potential and the value of hypotheses…

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Factors that likely influence rehabilitation potential and recovery and predictions of the same include previous abilities, age at onset/injury, individuality, drive, underlying motivation, health, support, environment, the exact nature of injury and the exact nature of individual pre-morbid neurology.

Other influencers include our understanding of the brain, how it works, how it repairs and how it responds in the short, medium and long term after injury.

Alongside our developing but yet still poor understanding of how exactly treatments and therapies work, even where we ‘know’ that they do, it is therefore impossible to pinpoint and prescribe a very exact treatment or approach for a specific individual's neurology, type of insult and likely natural recovery.

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