Getting Ahead of TBI
Our understanding of traumatic brain injury, trauma and brain health has increased tremendously in the last decade. However, every year there are countless cases of patients in various stages of declining health stemming from an undiagnosed TBI that is overlooked from the conventional medical world. There are wide gaps in brain injury care - from a lack of consistent TBI protocols, referrals to specialists, delays in diagnosis, patient understanding and education, and access to advanced medical professionals at the helm of innovative diagnostics and effective treatment plans.
The majority of recorded brain injuries in the US are mild concussions. Patients suffering from mild neck sprains, whiplash or coup contrecoup injuries often are misdaignosed. They often later suffer the effects of mild to moderate TBI.
Most patients recover, however those with severe enough trauma can suffer what's often referred to as an invisible injury. Patients appear normal and functioning, but the brain is deteriorating behind the scenes and can eventually lead to a lower quality of life. Symptoms from a concussion and microscopic brain damage can flow throughout many parts of the brain and body. Communication of symptoms can be difficult due the wide array of mild symptoms.
Prior to their traumatic brain injury, some patients may have a prior health history - such as depression, anxiety, or trauma, even if it was years ago. After a concussion, a worsened re-occurrence of earlier health conditions may appear along with the possibility of PTSD, which is a common condition among brain injury survivors. Healthcare professionals often look to their health history as the only cause, as opposed to recent trauma.
Finding Help and Support
Advancements in imaging and diagnostics help our professionals pinpoint symptoms of PTSD and traumatic brain injury. The new innovative diagnostic equipment is one more major stride toward hope, helping patients finally receive sought after answers.
The team at TBI3 shares a diverse and integrative perspective of what recovery from traumatic brain injury includes. We look forward to helping better serve our patients as advancements in brain functions continue.