Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be debilitating. They often have side effects that hinder the productivity of your daily life and can make you feel foggy, anxious, or depressed.
Some people don’t know that a TBI can have a long-lasting impact on your health if not treated properly. And since your brain controls all of your bodily functions, taking care of your brain is just as important as taking care of your body.
So, how can you get treated for a TBI? Tri-Cities Functional Medicine offers concussion treatment in Tennessee, no matter the cause of your TBI. Here’s a guide on the symptoms of a TBI and when to consider MeRT for treatment.
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What Is a TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries are caused when an external force, such as a sports injury or car accident, occurs and disrupts the nerves signals in the brain. A powerful blow or jolt causes many TBIs to the head, which typically causes concussions.
Concussions are one of the most common mild TBIs. They occur when your brain hits the inside of your skull and bruises. Sports injuries are commonly associated with concussions as they can be a high-contact sport that results in a powerful jolt to the head.
Other TBIs that you can have include intracranial hemorrhages, cerebral contusions, and penetrating brain injuries, which are more severe and potentially life-threatening than concussions. TBI symptoms can be difficult to notice as they don’t always appear immediately.
While some people may feel ill or lose consciousness as soon as the injury happens, more mild injuries can be difficult to notice as they’re masked by adrenaline or shock. If TBIs are left untreated, they can lead to long-lasting, chronic effects that can impact your daily life and possibly shorten your life expectancy. Even if your TBI symptoms or injury are mild, you should still seek medical attention. A MeRT specialist can use a quantitative EEG and EKG to detect areas in your brain that are not functioning as they should and causing long-lasting effects of the TBI.
What Are the Symptoms of TBIs?
Several symptoms can happen as a result of a TBI. They typically affect the way you feel or function daily. Even with the wide range of possible symptoms, it can still be difficult to recognize the signs yourself.
You would notice some symptoms, such as a sensitivity to light. However, TBIs can change your normal behaviors, which can sometimes be difficult to self-assess. It may require another person to notice the change in behavior and ask about it.
Common signs of TBI to look for include:
- Dizziness or blurry vision
- Disorientation and confusion
- Chronic headaches
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Sleeping difficulties
- Nausea and vomiting
- Balance and coordination problems
- Possible loss of consciousness
- Sensitivity to light
- Ringing in the ears
- Seizures and paralysis
- Muscle tightening
- Slurred speech
- Hearing problems
- Involuntary eye movement
- Tingling or numbness in the limbs
- Breathing and swallowing problems
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Impaired memory
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- Depression and anxiety
- Mood and personality changes
The wide range of symptoms can make it difficult to manage productivity in your life. Sometimes brain injuries can worsen over time and result in new symptoms. These symptoms may not happen immediately after the incident, as adrenaline may cover the initial pain or symptoms.
If you’ve been in a car accident, had a bad fall, or had a sports injury, it’s important that you seek medical care to help mitigate the lasting effects of TBIs. People experiencing more severe symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, vision problems, slurred speech, or respiratory problems should seek help immediately.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of a TBI?
It’s not uncommon for people to experience life-long effects resulting from a TBI. Even mild TBIs, such as concussions, can have major effects on the mind and body that may change how you function every day for the rest of your life. Some people may have moderately impaired function, while others may face a bigger challenge of a drastic change of behavior that is long-lasting.
People with a history of repeated TBIs or concussions are more likely to have chronic symptoms. This poses a common and significant issue for athletes prone to head hits, such as football players or boxers. Even military members may experience frequent blast-related traumatic brain injuries, and older adults can experience TBIs from falls, which can be potentially debilitating or even fatal.
TBIs pose a significant threat to children as they can profoundly affect childhood development. Children who experience a concussion or other traumatic brain injuries may lag in reaching certain learning building blocks or struggle with emotional regulation. Symptoms can sometimes be confused with learning or behavioral problems, and the child may struggle to get the care needed for recovery.
Since TBIs can affect brain development and functionality, treating them becomes critical to mitigating the potential long-term effects. Some people may have a drastic behavior change that changes their entire personality. Seeking treatment can help mitigate the physical and mental impact on the brain.
How Can MeRT Help with Concussions?
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) is an innovative solution for discovering the root cause of neurological conditions and creating a customized treatment plan that targets the fundamental cause without prescribing medicine. It’s a pain-free and non-invasive process that utilizes modern medical technology cleared by the FDA to treat each individual’s brain dysfunctions to create real change.
Traditional treatments for TBIs typically include medications. And while they may help manage symptoms, they don’t address healing the brain or the root cause of the problem. MeRT offers an effective neuroscience-based, pain-free alternative for treating TBIs. It can help diagnose and treat brain conditions using a personalized application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
This treatment occurs in four steps. The first is recording quantitative EEG (brain mapping) to understand the functionality of your brain. This map will help your medical professional understand the neuropathways in your brain and how it typically functions.
The next step is to analyze and review the EEG. This is where your medical professional will assess how your brain’s normal functionality affects your behaviors and physical movement. They can see the root causes of TBI and even if your neurons are firing correctly.
After analyzing the data, they’ll devise a MeRT treatment plan that works for you. It will help stimulate parts of your brain and help it recover from your TBI to mitigate any long-term behavioral changes.
Lastly, you’ll have check-ins with your doctor to analyze your progress. This is where you’ll see how well the treatments have been working and if there needs to be an adjustment made. It’ll help ensure that you’re moving towards recovery.
Healing With MeRT: TBI Treatment Success Stories
Many people, including athletes, have successfully used MeRT to improve their cognitive abilities and heal their brain injuries. Retired NFL Center for the Chargers, Nick Hardwick, saw a difference in cognitive function with MeRT treatments.
“I’m two or three months past my last treatment, and I can honestly say my brain is in a better place than it was before,” Hardwick said on his podcast. “The emotional highs and lows I was living with have been stabilized. My cognition took off during that period and it hadn’t slowed down since.”
This customized TBI treatment can help mitigate the long-term effects of a concussion. Using your brain functionality, you can recover from a concussion and the top symptoms of TBI.
Why Should You Choose Tri-Cities Functional Medicine?
Tri-Cities Functional Medicine can help with concussion treatment in Tennessee. Located in Johnson City, Dr. Joseph Radawi can help you recover from your TBI. Dr.. Radawi is a traditionally trained medical doctor with a decade of emergency medicine experience. He has also had a significant amount of advanced training in functional medicine and MeRT treatment.
He’s taken a new approach to treat his patients by offering personalized treatments that help people with a wide range of cognitive dysfunctions. MeRT at Tri-Cities Functional Medicine can help you recover from a concussion and work to fight any long-term effects of TBIs.
Want to learn more about how MeRT can help you? Take the first step:
- Watching our free webinar to learn about our approach to the brain health issues you are facing.
- Scheduling a Free Discovery Call to discuss your health concerns and goals to see if our practice is a good fit for you.
- After your discovery call – if we are a good fit, you’ll schedule a consultation with our doctor to dive deeper and formulate an individualized treatment plan for you.
Tri-Cities Functional Medicine is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, and serves patients throughout East Tennessee and into Virginia and North Carolina. These areas include but are not limited to Washington County, TN, Sullivan County, TN, Carter County, TN, Greene County, TN, Knox County, TN, Bristol, TN, Holston Valley, TN, Tri-Cities, TN, Walnut Hill, TN, Elizabethton, TN, Greeneville, TN, Morristown, TN, Blountville, TN, Bluff City, TN, Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN, Colonial Heights, TN, Limestone, TN, Knoxville, TN, Bristol, VA, and Abingdon, VA.