A TBI, or traumatic brain injury occurs when a person sustains a blow or jolt to the head that causes the brain to bump into the skull. This may not sound like a big deal, but there are a lot of factors to consider when dealing with a brain injury. The first of these factors being that no two brain injuries are alike and the consequences of similar injuries can differ from person to person. Because symptoms may not always show up right away, a person may not even realize that a brain injury has occurred.

Another factor to consider is that our brains control every system in our bodies and in turn, defines who we are. Therefore, the consequences of a traumatic brain injury can greatly affect all aspects of our lives, including personality. Even a mild brain injury can cause cognitive problems such as headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration. Change in brain function can have a dramatic impact on family; job, social and community interaction, and brain injuries can also affect their victims well into the future.

The unfortunate factor is that often, traditional practitioners overlook traumatic brain injuries because symptoms are easily attributed to other health factors. Many traditional practitioners don’t have the specialized training required to effectively rehabilitate the brain, however a functional neurologist does. This practitioner has extensive training on brain function and the brain-body connection, and they’re equipped to help their patients heal their brains by using cutting edge brain-based therapies.

The good news is that with this type of care, many patients are able to restore brain function and reclaim their lives, even if they’ve been dealing with symptoms for years! This is because a functional neurologist takes the time to administer comprehensive testing, not only to determine imbalances in the brain, but also the rest of the body as well. You see they’re looking at the body as an entire operating system, rather than just a set of isolated symptoms. They’re also prepared to create a customized treatment plan based on each patient’s specific needs because they understand that each patient is unique and should be treated as such.

If you or a loved one has suffered the effects of a traumatic brain injury, understand that there is hope. You can heal your brain and in turn reclaim your life with the right care and guidance. Learn more about how a functional neurologist can help you today.