Typically associated with high-impact sports injuries, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or the body that physically jolts the brain and rattles it against the skull.
Obvious symptoms of a concussion include loss of consciousness and short-term memory loss. However, the injury can show up without apparent signs to the untrained eye, including:
Every concussion alters the function and chemical levels of your brain. Most of the effects are temporary, but recurrent or severe concussions can have more serious repercussions. Cumulative effects of concussions include movement, learning, and speaking impairments.
Complications from severe or repeated concussions include:
Dr. Best typically uses the following treatments for traumatic brain injuries:
Etanercept is an anti-inflammatory drug that helps reduce swelling. After an injection in the lower spine, the body delivers etanercept to the central nervous system, including the brain. The injections work synergistically with hyperbaric oxygen therapy to improve recovery.
Inside a hyperbaric chamber, you inhale 100% oxygenated air under increased atmospheric pressure so your lungs can distribute more oxygen than usual. The extra oxygen enhances your body’s healing ability, helping repair impaired brain function.
If you’re looking for help after a traumatic brain injury, contact Dr. Best online or by phone to discuss treatment.
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