Traumatic Brain injury is a growing concern in our country. If you tune in to the NFL to watch your favorite team play you are likely to her some discussion about the latest injured player under “concussion protocol” to determine when that player will be allowed to resume playing again. These protocols are followed because, if the player has not recovered from the injury and then is concussed again the chances of more damage, that could linger for years increases drastically. Concussions occur when there is an abrupt linear or rotational acceleration/ deceleration of the brain in the skull. This trauma can damage neurons in any lobe of the brain as well as soft tissue damage in the upper neck, including spinal nerves, blood vessels, supportive muscles and ligaments all resulting in an overall inflammatory response.
The brains immune system via the Glial cells will go to work on cleaning up the debris from the damaged cells and the overall inflammatory cycle will gradually reduce, new cells will be produced and the symptoms from the injury will reduce within 7-10 days typically.
Unfortunately, sometimes symptoms from Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I.) can persist for months to years after the initial event. The factors that perpetuate the symptoms are: the extent of the initial injury, lack of comprehensive treatment for the injury and the health of the brain prior to the injury.
Common symptoms for Concussion/T.B.I.
Headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, increased sensitivity to light/sound, depression, poor sleep, changes in gait and balance, taking longer to think/ brain fog, poor memory, agitation, blurring double vision. These symptoms can be a result of any mode of injury including sports, falls and commonly motor vehicle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI. 1
If symptoms persist over a prolonged period of time other options maybe be appropriate.
If conventional medical care reaches a plateau in resolution of symptoms usually supervised by a medical neurologist, it may be time to look for a more “functional” approach. Just as medical doctor have been highly trained to address pathologies and sew you back up, there are other types of doctors who are trained to look deeper into your problem despite the fact that your MRI may be negative and your lacerations fracture have healed. This approach is called “functional medicine,” within the functional medicine paradigm there is a specialty called functional neurology that may be able to determine why you still are having problems despite the lack of findings with standard testing.
Whereas a medical neurologist would use medications to alter symptoms, a functional neurologist uses stimuli in other areas of the body to reactivate neurologic pathways that have lost partial function. Once the correct modality is determined through pre and post examination the changes that are observed in the patient happen very rapidly.
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If you are a victim of an accident, speak with legal counsel immediately to discuss your options about getting you brain injury covered. It is also important to consult with an experienced doctor about the benefits of functional neurology such as the functional medicine specialist Kirkland Washington locals turn to.
Thanks to authors at Kirkland Health Institution for their insight into Brain Injury and Recovery.