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Mind Your Mind: Brain Injury and Chiropractic Care

According to Brain Injury Canada, acquired brain injury “is an injury to the brain, which is not hereditary, congenital, or degenerative. It can be caused by a traumatic blow or injury to the head, severe rotation of the neck or whiplash, or even lack of oxygen. A concussion is a mild type of TBI, caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body which causes the brain to move back and forth in your skull. Without attention, diagnosis and treatment, the damage to your brain does not have the opportunity to recover, and can easily worsen.”[1] 

TBI can be classified by its symptoms as mild, moderate or severe. Symptoms of TBI include:

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  • loss of consciousness
  • headache/confusion
  • light-headedness
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision/tired eyes
  • ringing in the ears
  • bad taste in the mouth
  • fatigue or lethargy
  • change in sleep patterns
  • behavioral  changes
  • mood changes
  • trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
  • vomiting or nausea
  • convulsions or seizures
  • dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • slurred speech
  • weakness or numbness in the extremities
  • loss of coordination
  • restlessness, or agitation

Impact & Prevalence

The symptoms of a brain injury can be severely disabling and its effects often impact physical, emotional, and financial well-being. If you or someone that you know suffers from this disease, the good news is that treatment is available which can help reduce  symptom severity.

More and more patients are seeking alternative health care for conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), largely due to the lack of satisfying conventional therapies. Of these, chiropractic is among the most widely used.

Restoring Function After Brain Injury

Traditionally, there are few treatment options for those with brain injuries, especially after the first year post-injury, but our office has been accepting many patients with great success. Our computerized diagnostic equipment gives us insight into a variety of areas of neurologic function and helps us target your treatment where you need it most, and improve your quality of life in ways that will give you the greatest benefit.  

If this sounds like you, or someone that you know, call us today @ 1.403.346.2297  to schedule your assessment with Dr. Norman Hoffman.

 

References

[1]Acquired Brain Injury – Brain Injury Canada. (n.d.). Retrieved May 31, 2016, from http://braininjurycanada.ca/acquired-brain-injury/

Moreau, W. J., Nabhan, D. C., & Walden, T. (2015). Sport Concussion Knowledge and Clinical Practices: A Survey of Doctors of Chiropractic With Sports Certification. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 14(3), 169-175.

Schwontkowski, D. (2014, May 19). How Chiropractors Can Help Sports Concussions – Chiropractic News by ChiroNexus. Retrieved May 31, 2016, from http://www.chironexus.net/2014/05/how-chiropractors-can-help-sports-concussions/

Slak, J., D. C, & Price, K., D.C. (2014, September 30). How Chiropractors Can Help Sports Concussions – Chiropractic News by ChiroNexus. Retrieved May 31, 2016, from http://www.chironexus.net/2014/05/how-chiropractors-can-help-sports-concussions/

 

 

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