Dr. Andrew Kong & Associates
Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury
A Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt, to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” meaning brief changes in mental status or consciousness, to “severe” usually an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury. Most TBIs are considered to be mild, these are called concussions. Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms: • headaches, confusion • lightheadedness, dizziness • blurred vision or tired eyes • fatigue or lethargy • ringing in the ears • a change in sleep patterns • behavioral or mood changes • trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking • a headache that gets worse or does not go away • repeated vomiting or nausea • convulsions or seizures • an inability to awaken from sleep • dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes • slurred speech • weakness or numbness in the extremities • loss of coordination • increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation. Concussion Facts: A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. A concussion can also be caused by violent movement or jarring of the head or neck. People who suffer from concussions generally fully recover quickly. However, in some cases, symptoms can last for days or weeks. Those who have already had one concussion seem more susceptible to having another. The most common causes of concussions are sports injuries (football, hockey, rugby, basketball, etc.), bicycle accidents, car accidents, and falls. For about 9 in 10 people with concussions, symptoms disappear within 7 to 10 days. At least 25% of concussion sufferers fail to get assessed by medical personnel. Most cases of traumatic brain injury are concussions. In the US, athletes suffer from roughly 300,000 concussions every year. Immediate consequences include headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, fatigue, or unconsciousness. In certain severe concussions, symptoms can linger for weeks or even months, due to a complication called post-concussion syndrome. Loss of consciousness is thought to occur in less than 10% of concussions.
Sleep disruption and anxiety are very common symptoms of traumatic brain injury or concussion. Depression is found three times more often in people with traumatic brain injury then in the general population. So you may want treatment to address these brain injury symptoms as well.
• Acupuncture – Acupuncture can be extremely quick and effective in reducing the symptoms of from concussions, such as migraines, pain, sensitivity to sound and light, nausea, and vomiting. • Chiropractic Manipulation – Head injuries are often accompanied with neck or other spinal trauma. Adjustments can help realign the injured area, restoring optimal nerve function and blood flow. • Diet / Nutritional Supplements – Diet changes are essential to reduce inflammation in the body, cutting out sugar, preservatives, caffeine etc., give the body the best chance to Detox and begin the process of healing. • Neurofeedback - an effective modality utilized to manage Traumatic Brain Injuries. This program allows sufferers to learn how to control body functions that were previously thought to be involuntary. The patient becomes actively involved in his or her own recovery. Neurofeedback techniques monitor brain wave activity, allowing our doctors to correct the waves that may be out of sync with the body’s natural frequency. Neurofeedback is an all natural, non-invasive way to train the brain more efficiently through operant conditioning. This conditioning is the process by which we learn to behave by the rewards that we receive. Think of the game we played as a child, “hotter or colder”. Someone hid an object from you and when you were looking for it, they would say to you, “You are getting hotter or colder” until you found that object. The “getting hotter” was the reward you received. That is what Neurofeedback Training does. It offers rewards through visual, auditory and tactile training or feedback. That training helps change brainwave activity and connectivity making it stronger, creating optimal functioning. It is personal training for the brain!
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