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Brain Injury/Concussion

Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussions, are injuries that affect your brain’s ability to function appropriately.  An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the United States, or one traumatic brain injury every 15 seconds. The severity and post-injury symptoms after a brain injury can range from mild to severe, with symptoms ranging from one to multiple symptoms. This makes brain injuries and post-concussion syndrome a serious injury to evaluate, as it can lead to debilitating effects on a person’s life. Concussions are usually defined by the symptoms that occur afterwards, and can be broken down into 6 general areas:

 

Visual

Blurry vision, light sensitivity, double vision,

depth perception issues

 

Vestibular

Dizziness, balance issues, nausea, lightheadedness,

fainting, ear ringing, hearing loss, vertigo

 

Autonomic

Brain fog, fatigue, constant headache, fainting,

lightheadedness, digestion issues, difficulty breathing,

heart racing, cold hands/feet

 

Emotional

Anxiety, depression, irritability,

nervousness, restlessness, sadness

 

Cognitive

Difficulty concentrating, memory loss,

brain fog, confusion

 

Somatosensory

Body pain, changes in smell, changes in hearing,

numbness, posture impairment , speech impairment

Patient with post-concussion syndrome trying to follow a target moving straight up and down.

At Great Lakes Neurology, our philosophy of addressing concussion injuries is unique and targeted to heal the injured neurological areas:

 

1. Specific evaluation of the brain to pinpoint the areas that have been impacted. We do this through our specialized diagnostic equipment and physical examination.

2. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of the injury – not just trying to cover up or reduce symptoms.

3. Developing a personalized treatment plan that is right for you.

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Abnormal eye movement patterns following a mild traumatic brain injury

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​Rehabilitation    Retraining    Recovery 

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Brain Injury

Evaluation

Our initial 2 hour evaluation assesses and identifies the areas of the brain injury causing your post concussion symptoms.

 

During your examination, our doctors will review relevant past medical history/imaging/blood work if necessary. You will be able to sit and talk directly with the doctor for a thorough history of your main complaints and symptoms. Our initial evaluation includes specific diagnostic testing, including a VNG assessment (real time digital eye recordings used to assess brain integrity), computerized dynamic posturography assessment (balance testing), saccadometry testing (targeted eye movement evaluation), and a head-to-toe neurological examination conducted by our doctors. A review of all relevant findings will be discussed with you after the testing is completed. 

Brain Injury

Therapies

Common therapies performed in our office:

 

- Vestibular rehabilitation

- Neuromuscular rehabilitation

- Off-vertical axis full body rotations

- Eye- head movement retraining

- Balance retraining

- Gait retraining

- Neck Strengthening

- Peripheral nerve stimulation

- Otolothic Repositioning maneuvers

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Individualized 

Neurological

Treatment

Programs

 

One-on-One 

Therapy

Applications

with a Doctor

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