Head Injury

Head Injury
Most concussions shouldn’t be a serious cause for concern, but some head injuries result in long-lasting effects on personality, mood, memory, and movement. Steve Best, MD, uses specialized treatment to help people who have experienced severe or multiple head injuries. By combining perispinal etanercept injections and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, he can restore brain function for people with lingering side effects from trauma. If you live near Deerfield, Illinois, call or book an appointment at The Neuroscience Center today.

Head Injury Q & A

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What is a concussion?

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:

  • Fuzzy thinking or impaired concentration
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Vision troubles
  • Dizziness, coordination, or balance problems
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Lethargy

What are the repercussions of head injuries?

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:

  • Epilepsy: you’re more likely to have seizures within five years of a concussion
  • Post-concussion syndrome: symptoms of concussion linger days, weeks, or months after the injury
  • Post-traumatic headaches or vertigo: headaches and dizziness that continue for weeks after a concussion
  • Second impact syndrome: brain swelling from a second concussion that happens before the effects of the first one wear off
  • Treatment-resistant mood disorders: concussions are the underlying cause of many treatment-resistant mood disorders

How do you treat traumatic brain injuries?

Dr. Best typically uses the following treatments for traumatic brain injuries:  

Perispinal etanercept injections

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.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

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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