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Concussion Treatments

Concussion Treatments

Have you or a loved one suffered from a Concussion? Are daily events hard to manage? Have you gone to numerous doctors or been in rehabilitation for Concussion Treatments and nothing seems to help?

 

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology and has the Solutions and Resources SM to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts are trained in conventional, complementary, and alternative specialties. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with a customized Concussion Treatment program, because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

What is a Concussion?

A Concussion is the loss of consciousness, or awareness of your environment. It may be brief or up to 60 minutes. A coma is the loss of consciousness for more than 60 minutes. A concussion can result from alcohol or drug overdose, a shaken baby, abuse, gun shot wounds, sport injuries, falls, or auto accidents. A concussion causes deregulation in your brain that effects how you think, feel and behave. It also effects how you read, write and speak.

Physical Consequences of a Concussion

The following physical symptoms are ranked by frequency and occurrence:

 

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Dizziness and Imbalance
  • Vision and Light Sensitivity Problems
  • Hearing and Noise Problems
  • Muscular and Motor Problems
  • Sensory and Metabolic Problems
  • Chronic Pain and Post Traumatic Pain (PTP)
  • Sexual Problems
  • Post Traumatic Seizures (PTS)

Mental Consequences of a Concussion

  • Attention and Concentration Problems
  • Memory Problems
  • Problems with Reasoning, Planning, and Understanding
  • Speech and Language Problems
  • Academic Performance Problems

Emotional Consequences of a Concussion

  • Post-injury Psychological Reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Alcohol, Drug, and Substance Abuse
  • Moods and Behavior
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Grieving

Specific Treatments for Consequences of a Concussion

The description of Concussion Treatments is by insurance coverage: Conventional, Complimentary, and Alternative. This does not suggest that one type of treatment is better, instead it is based on what your health insurance covers. For an in-depth explanation of how each of these treatments effect a specific area, please read Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. For each of the above consequences is an in-depth coverage that has been proofread by the leading authorities in each specific field.

Dr. Diane®’s Approach to Treatment of a Concussion

You are a unique person. How a Concussion affects your brain is as unique as you are. Are you a hearty person, reactive, or sensitive? What type of childhood did you have? Each person’s life history has to be taken into account when determining the best treatment. How often have you been prescribed medications that had many side effects, only because the person prescribing the medication or treatment did NOT take into account your reaction to it?

 

Dr. Diane® and her Brain Health Experts work as a unified team, which strongly believes that regardless of the presenting problem or situation, you as a person should be seen from the five distinct views that make up our approach: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and energy. Often these areas intertwine and each needs to be addressed, yet Dr. Diane® looks for the core issue. Then, your individual treatment programs are developed based on conventional, complimentary, and alternative treatment methods. These methods are often modified and customized to meet your unique needs and goals as you progress in regaining your life.

Sample of Treatments for Memory Problems from a Concussion

Conventional Treatment for Memory Problems from a Concussion

What you eat affects your ability to store and retrieve information. It is extremely important to have an anti-inflammatory diet that allows the brain to heal, by eliminating refined sugar, corn syrup, and any grains that can be fermented or distilled. An increase of Omega 3 is beneficial, and vegetables rich in antioxidants help improve your memory. Coconut, olive oil, and avocado are good sources of fats that help the brain enhance your storage and retrieval capabilities. Drinking water helps the brain too.

 

It is also imperative that you get restorative sleep. This can be alerted because of your Concussion, which then directly affects your memory. Working with a Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) can help you learn new methods of storing and retrieving information. Amy Karas, who is on our team of Brain Health Experts, specializes in brain injury and is trained in remediating cognitive and memory issues. Impaired short-term memory function may respond to treatment with certain medications, including Methylphenidate (Ritalin), a stimulant that can be helpful for attention disorders, and Amantadine (Symmetrel), a drug that affects the action of neurotransmitters, and is sometimes used to treat Parkinson’s disease. These medications have side effects, but if they are effective, the benefits may outweigh the disadvantages.

 

Rehabilitation centers often offer programs to help you manage memory problems. One approach is to help you reacquire or improve lost skills through training. Another approach is compensatory intervention, which teaches you alternative ways to accomplish specific tasks or behaviors. You are taught how to use your present skills and your innate learning style to recall information. Internal cues such as sensations and thoughts, as well as external cues like color or sound, may be used. The Brain Injury Association can refer you to a center in your area that provides compensatory memory training.

Complementary Treatment for Memory Problems from a Concussion

Long-term memory loss may be helped with Hypnosis, which can be effective at retrieving past memories. Neurofeedback can help the brain become regulated again and form new neural connections needed for storage and retrieval. There are several computer programs and websites devoted to improving your memory, such as Brain Train, EyeQ, and Luminosity. Prevagen, a brain health supplement, has been shown to improve memory and sleep problems by binding to calcium cells and reducing damage done by the body’s diminished production of calcium-binding proteins. The active ingredient responsible for this work is Apoaequorin, a protein found in jellyfish. The regular version of Prevagen can be purchased at a health food store, while a professional, more potent version is sold through medical practices. As always, it is extremely important to consult with your Neurologist before using any over-the-counter medication.

Alternative Treatment for Memory Problems from a Concussion

Many advertisements state that certain herbs or homeopathic remedies can increase your memory. These over-the-counter products may help, but it is always best to work with a knowledgeable practitioner rather than self-medicating. Even natural remedies can have serious side effects if not used properly. Depending on your specific needs, a knowledgeable Herbalist may recommend a product such as ginkgo biloba, ginseng, super blue-green algae, black cohosh, or suan zoa ren for memory improvement. Homeopathic remedies that may be recommended for people with Post Concussive memory difficulties include Carbo vegetabilis, Silicea terra, and Hyoscyamus niger. If your physician is unable to help you with herbs and/or homeopathics or to provide a referral to a practitioner who can, the Herb Research Foundation and/or the National Center for Homeopathy can help you locate an appropriate practitioner in your area.

 

Some people have found that taking certain nutritional supplements, such as 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and 100 milligrams of coenzyme Q10 daily, have helped to restore memory. However, excessive amounts of vitamin B6 can damage the nervous system. It is crucial to first confer with your physician to determine what dosage is best for you.

Sample Treatments for Sleep Problems from a Concussion

Treating sleep disturbances encountered after a Concussion is vital to recovery. Your physical, mental, and emotional health is based on restorative sleep, plus sound nutrition and reduction of stress. The following are conventional, complementary, and alternative approaches to help with sleep disturbances.

Conventional Treatment for Sleep Problems from a Concussion

There are two conventional treatments for sleep disturbances. The first is behavioral and/or environmental intervention, which includes the following:

 

  • Chronotherapy, or stabilized time of waking.
  • Reduction of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Elimination of tobacco.
  • Eating a higher protein diet while eliminating sugar, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods.
  • Phototherapy, or careful use of and exposure to light.
  • Environmental controls such as turning off lights and minimizing background noises.
  • Regular exercise, but not within four hours of your bedtime.
  • Napping, or not napping. Recent research shows that a 90-minute nap during the day promotes restorative sleep at night. You should discuss this with your doctor.
  • Selection of the proper bed, pillow, and mattress for restorative sleep.
  • Psychotherapy, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to learn new cognitive approaches to sleeping and daily living and/or Trauma Therapy to minimize the effect of PTSD.

 

The second conventional approach is pharmacological treatment. The following substances can help if taken on a limited, short-term basis and under your doctor’s supervision:

 

  • Melatonin (Ramelteon): 8 mg at bedtime helps improve sleep.
  • GABA: a neurotransmitter that is helpful in promoting sleep.
  • Desyrel (Trazodone) and some other low-dose antidepressants may help sleeping problems, though their side effects may worsen daytime fatigue and memory difficulties.
  • Zolpidem (Ambien), Zaleplon (Sonata), and Eszopiclone (Lunesta) are Nonbenzodiazepines used to treat transient insomnia.
  • Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors (Aricept, Reminyl, and Exelon) and wake-promoting agents that increase vigilance as well as verbal and visuospatial memory.

Complementary Treatment for Sleep Problems from a Concussion

Acupuncture and Scenar are very effective at correcting sleep disturbance. Neurofeedback is an extremely helpful nonpharmacological approach. The drawback is that many insurance companies do not cover Neurofeedback, and thirty-plus sessions over several years can be very costly.

 

Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES) is an FDA-approved medical device for insomnia. The blinking glasses of pRoshi help the brain to regulate, whether you wear them or have them blinking against the wall during the night. Quantum Wave Light therapy has a specific setting for sleep, while the Q1000 can be used with acupuncture points to improve sleep. Oxygen therapy has also been found to be helpful. This is different from the Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) or Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) used to manage Sleep Apnea.

Alternative Treatment for Sleep Problems from a Concussion

Reiki, provided by Clara Diebold, and QiGong are very effective ways to treat sleep disturbances after a Concussion. Bach Flower Rescue Remedy Sleep may also help. Dr. Diane® is a Bach Flower Practitioner. A Bach Flower Practitioner can assess whether other remedies are appropriate for you. Aromatherapy, with lavender or chamomile oil, is often used to promote sleep, as are a variety of homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations. It is important to consult with a Naturopath or Homeopathic Practitioner with a background in working with mTBI patients before using any alternative products.

 

Over-the-counter sleep products are designed for the general population, not as remedies for specific physical conditions or disorders. Before purchasing an over-the-counter product, please consult with your doctor. Remember that each Post Concussive sleep disturbance is as unique as the person who was injured. An experienced professional can give you the best information about remedies especially suited to your symptoms and needs.

Get Help Today

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology, and has the Solutions and Resources to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts is trained in conventional, complementary, and alternative specialties. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with a customized concussion treatment program because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

 

If you want an end to your suffering from the various symptoms of a concussion, as well as unique Concussion Treatments designed specifically for you, consult Dr. Diane®. There is a Way! For more information please call (800)500-9971 or fill out our contact form.