Traumatic brain injury in athletes has been front page news for the last several years.
We see headlines daily, about our athletes wanting to donate their brains to science, other athletes losing their mental capacities in their 40s and 50s, and the horrible behavioral and emotional manifestations of CTE.
Yet, it is seldom reported, just how vulnerable we all are to the terrible impact of TBI. Anyone that steps into a car risks an accident that all too often results in this injury. The second most vulnerable group to concussions are actually female soccer players.
We see the most publicized severe head injuries. Yet, it now seems, that most of the brain damage is done to people involved in activities that cause micro traumatic injuries. Heading a soccer ball, jolting of high school football, ice hockey players, and other recreational athletes are all at risk.
Much work has been done in increasing awareness of these injuries. Also steps are being taken organizationally and individually to protect those most vulnerable. Seatbelt and helmet technology has improved. Much research is being done after athletes die during postmortem examination’s.
Yet, very little is known about actual treatment, despite the widespread disability that ensues.
We at the TMC look at TBI as involving much secondary injury. Cerebral blood flow is deeply affected, and Neuroexcitotoxicity, a condition in which the brain literally gets engulfed In an inflammatory wildfire results.
This causes many other changes in the brain such as hormonal deficiencies, disturbances in neurotransmitter balance, and overall disturbances in endocrine functioning.
In addition, PTSD becomes often too prominent.
Yet the most that conventional neurology or psychiatry can offer to these patients are conventional medications like antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, anti-seizure medications and even antipsychotic medications. Once again we are playing whack-a-mole with symptoms without addressing the underlying cause or following what is happening at the cellular level. All too often, I have been seeing patients overloaded on medications giving them side effects which are often indistinguishable from the original injury.
We have developed, in combination with our neurological consultants, specialized and individualized treatment methods that address the underlying causes of concussion in ways that actually return you to potentially better health than pre-concussion.
We address inflammation, hormonal disruption, sympathetic nervous system overstimulation, dizziness, headaches, and endocrine problems at their root causes.Psychological, Physiological, and Physical Manifestations of a Traumatic Brain Injury May Include:
Bouts of anger,
Inability to concentrate,
Increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, & high blood pressure,
Loss of libido,
Loss of lean body mass,
And a number of other medical conditions
One common complaint of those diagnosed with PTSD, after suffering a trauma and then placed on anti-depressants, is that they can still have depression, anxiety, mood disorders, etc.
Conventional medications (antidepressants, anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, anti-psychotic, and narcotics) do nothing to address the underlying causes that create the symptoms associated with TBI (Post-Concussion Syndrome) because they fail to replenish the missing neurosteroids (brain hormones). Unfortunately, many individuals undergoing conventional treatments become further dysfunctional from the over-load of medications and are unable to heal the root cause.
Symptoms of TBI and hormonal deficiencies are caused by axonal disruption and inflammation. Other conditions which cause brain inflammation such as a stroke, MS or Parkinson’s may have similar ramifications.