Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) / Post Concussion Recovery

It has been estimated that approximately 90% of the brains neurological processes are excitatory (functional ability to be excited). To prevent the brain from becoming too excited there are natural inhibitory mechanisms in place which moderate and prevent excessive (excitatory) neurological activity.

In some occurrences of a concussion there are a multitude of delicate physiological processes which become imbalanced. When there is a significant dysfunction and imbalance of physiological and neurological processes certain symptoms appear, and this is called Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS).

Symptoms and Long Term Effects of PCS

Due to the mechanisms of dysfunction resulting from Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) a vast array of symptoms and disorders are associated. Some of which are:

·        Depression and Anxiety

·        PTSD

·        Digestive disorders

·        Social withdrawal

·        Enhanced sense of smell and auditory acuity

·        Balance disorders

·        Tinnitus

·        Insomnia

·        Migraines

·        Memory and Behavioral Changes

·        Excess Fatigue

·        Personality changes

When a significant imbalance occurs in neurological functioning there may be long term effects which may result in disease processes. The onset of developing autoimmune disorders following a brain injury has been well documented, some of these diseases are:

·        Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

·        Celiac Disease

·        Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

·        Type 1 Diabetes

·        Hashimoto’s

·        SLE

I have had a Concussion and/or Have Been Diagnosed with PCS, What Can I do to Overcome This Disorder?

PCS is an extremely dynamic disorder and in many cases it has life changing consequences. Over recent years, science has achieved significant progress in understanding concussions and brain injuries.

One of the basic principles I teach all of my patients who are suffering from a brain injury, whether it is induced through trauma or the end result of a disease process (e.g. stroke, MS), is that the brain needs three things to heal and thrive.

These are:

1.     Glucose (fuel)

2.     Oxygen

3.     Sensory Input (mental stimulation)

Few cases of TBI show up on on advanced imaging e.g. MRI, CT etc. As a result, it is in these cases where comprehensive laboratory testing and a thorough neurological examination is imperative to properly determine a diagnosis and the specific dysfunction.

Patients whom I work with that are suffering with brain injuries require a combination of both: the principles of Functional Medicine and Functional Neurology.  Combining the elements of both practices are necessary in being able to address all three components listed above; if even only one of the three are not evaluated and addressed recovery cannot be attained.

If you suffer from TBI or have been diagnosed with a concussion and are looking for information on how to overcome this disorder, please contact us for more information.

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