CONCUSSION VS TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
The differences between concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and how the can effect your long-term health.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when the head is bumped, hit or met with excess force that causes a disruption in the normal functions of the brain. At Integrated Brain Centers we understand that not all bumps and blows to the head are going to cause traumatic brain injuries. For this reason we classify the brain injury based on the severity, which we determine by performing a number of different tests on each patient.
Brain injuries are complex, as are the effects that they have on the person suffering.
The location, cause and other factors will all determine the severity of the injury. Severe TBIs are generally classified by an extended period where you are unconscious after the injury occurs. The closed type of severe TBI is caused by the brain moving inside of the skull. A penetrating type of severe TBI is caused by an outside object entering in through the skull. Severe traumatic brain injuries can create both long and short term issues that affect emotions, cognitive functions, motor function and sensation.
Mild traumatic brain injuries are the most common brain injuries and also affect the way the brain normally functions.
The main difference is that this type of injury is not life threatening. When these occur it’s generally due to something causing the head to move back and forth, which moves the brain around in the skull. While the word “mild” might make this injury sound not serious, all injuries to the brain should be taken seriously.
At Integrated Brain Centers our team believes that brain based therapies are the best course of action for mild TBIs, such as concussions.
Traumatic brain injuries can mean a lot of things, and it’s important that our team give you the proper tests to determine how severe yours is. The sudden movement of the head rapidly moving back and forth can cause the brain to bounce around inside of the skull. This damages brain cells and actually causes chemicals to release. These can create stress within the brain and result in you losing a lot of functionality.
Without the proper therapy plan in place your brain injury can easily get worse.
Our chiropractic neurologists use specialized therapy techniques to help build new connections where the brain was damaged during the injury. If you had a blow or bump to the head, you could be experiencing symptoms of a concussion without even realizing it. Nausea, anxiety, depressed mood, persistent low grade headaches, intolerance of loud noises and a ringing in the ears are just a few of the symptoms that can alert you to a mild brain injury like this.
Our goal is to determine the type of therapy that will benefit you the most and then implement it in a way that starts triggering new connections to form.
Our team of experts will monitor your condition, make sure you are getting the care you need and answer your questions every step of the way. We are unique, willing to help and enjoy seeing people thrive from the brain injury therapies that we as chiropractic neurologists can offer you.
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Shane Steadman, DC
Dr. Shane Steadman, DC is a Chiropractic Neurologist and the owner of Integrated Brain Centers. Dr. Steadman and his team are experts in helping patients with concussion and brain injuries.