Some people are much tougher than others, but there is no such thing as a tough brain. If the brain is allowed to heal itself after a concussion or TBI, about 80% of people resume normal functioning within 7-10 days. Another 10% return to normal functioning within 90 days. 10% of people will develop life-long symptoms which can wreak havoc on your internal and external world.
If the brain is re-injured before it regains physiological balance, the chance of long-term symptoms and functional decline is raised exponentially. Some call this "Second Hit Syndrome" the proper term is Overlapping Concussion Syndrome, and the effects, although sometimes immediate, usually take multiple years or more to fully surface.
Traditional concussion management is ideal for the 80-90% of cases that return to normal functioning within 90 days. If you are still experiencing symptoms 90 days or more after a single or multiple injuries, we may be able to help.
Single and multiple TBI's lead to an increased chance of Alzheimer's and other dementias as well as lower Heart Rate Variability, higher stress, chronic inflammation and many other markers for poor cardiovascular health.
You have an option other than living with your brain injury. It's Neurofeedback.
A concussion is categorized as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and is usually a closed head injury rather than an open one. Head injuries in sports are usually referred to as concussions rather than Brain Injuries because it sounds less damaging. A concussion can occur from a blow to the head or body, or sudden cease in movement causing the brain to “shake around inside the skull.” There is an immediate metabolic reaction with normalization from minutes to 10 days (see image). There is also a physiological reaction in both brainwave connectivity and power, which usually returns to normal functioning within 45 days. You do not need to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion.
As of 2015, Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is now referred to as “Mild Neurocognitive Disorder via Head Trauma.” However, you will still hear PCS being used inside and outside the medical community. The condition is defined by the persistence of symptoms initiated by the TBI for weeks or months after the initial injury. Traditional treatment methods are aimed at maintenance of specific symptoms. Neurofeedback, treats the core of the problem which is the remaining brain imbalance in both connectivity and power.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has been all over the news recently because of the high percentage of former NFL players who have been diagnosed with the disease after autopsy. CTE is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease which develops after repetitive brain trauma. CTE is not only found in former NFL players. It has been found in children as young as 17 years old. The disease is characterized by a set of clinical criteria as well as the presence of P-Tau tangles in various brain networks. Currently the disease is only diagnosable via autopsy. Symptoms from CTE can develop years or even decades after the last injury and can be both cognitive and behavioral. General symptoms include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and irritability. Although there is no FDA approved treatment for CTE, we have found with individuals who display CTE like symptoms that Neurofeedback can help reduce the severity of associated symptoms and increase functional connectivity, repairing cognitive function, and increasing quality of life.