David Eagleman Neuroplasticity

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The concept of neuroplasticity is new and upcoming in the field of medicine. Neuroplasticity is defined as “the process in which your brain's neural synapses and pathways are altered as an effect of environmental, behavioral and neural changes.” Simply put, neuroplasticity is how your brain grows and changes. This is crucial to individuals who have sustained severe brain or spinal injuries. In order for these new synapses to form the neurons must be constantly stimulated through physical and occupational therapies. However, not all therapies are covered under health insurances, and when they are covered patients and families are still forced to pay hefty co-pays if they wish to receive treatments. Physical, Occupational, and Psychological therapies…show more content…
He states, "By taking advantage of plasticity, we're giving them the cognitive tools to overcome their craving. This could also be used as a preventive measure for people who are overweight and can't stop eating, or for any addict who wants to develop better control over his impulses." Psychological issues are often overlooked after TBIs because these types of injuries are not visible, however with psychological therapies patients are able to overcome and eradicate this invisible…show more content…
Many are forced to quit their jobs to become caregivers, which puts an added strain on their financial stability. Even when Physical, Occupational, and Psychological therapies are covered by insurance, families are still forced to pay hundreds of thousands in out of pocket expenditures so their loved ones can receive the therapies they desperately need. The average copayment for specialists is between $30 and $50. If patients are receiving these therapies three to four days a week the costs can become astronomical. It is unreasonable to force these individuals to have to pay for therapies that are crucial in their rehabilitation. Cost can become a major factor in the amount of time spent at these therapies, and research conducted by Robbie Adler-Tappia and Fernando Mauricio Villamar show that constant stimulation and treatment are a must in order to regain partial or full function. It is imperative that insurance companies change their policies to allow all costs be covered for individuals who have sustained severe brain and spinal
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