The brain and its relationship to the rest of the body is a complex one that, if disrupted, can manifest in a variety of symptoms. Additionally, these symptoms can change over time and especially when subjected to additional trauma. It’s important to note that the initial severity of these injuries doesn’t necessarily correlate with the severity of the symptoms over time.
Even a mild traumatic brain injury – such as concussion, a sports head injury, or a motor vehicle accident whiplash injury – has a potential for serious, long-term effects if not treated promptly, correctly, and in the long term.
Concussion and traumatic brain injury change the functioning of the brain. Often, visible structural damage of this may not be evident in imaging (CT and MRI scans), but symptoms such as headaches and head pressure, confusion, “fuzzy” thinking and delayed responses to questions, special awareness issues, dizziness, nausea, and memory loss indicate that some level of damage has occurred.
Each patient is different, and each condition is unique. Treating the underlying cause of your specific symptoms can provide a quicker and fuller recovery and reduce the chances of persistent symptoms over time.
Once the root cause of your condition is determined through a variety of medical and cognitive testing, we will develop an individualized treatment plan designed to not only achieve the desired results but also to promote health and wellness moving forward.
Our team approach of an often-multifaceted therapy – combined with continuous feedback – allows us to gauge improvement, anticipate potential setbacks, and adjust your therapy as needed. Even if your injury occurred some time ago and your symptoms have been ongoing, we can help.
Additionally, while traditional medical treatments may provide temporary relief, many find that over time symptoms may recur or persist. Our wholistic approach – whether used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments or in place of them – focuses on three steps:
- Alleviating some or all of your discomfort/symptoms as quickly as possible. Many of our patients notice improvement after their first visit, which includes a comprehensive assessment of your overall health and pinpointing the exact cause(s) of the symptoms. Subsequent visits allow you and Dr. Schneider to identify treatments that are most effective and to tailor a treatment plan for optimal benefit.
- Once your discomfort has been addressed, we want to help you keep it at bay. We structure a plan to promote the healing of muscles and other tissues to help to prevent further injury and/or discomfort. We work with you to access the body’s own power of healing, and we leverage a variety of activities and treatments to increase brain-based plasticity for a fuller recovery.
- Finally, once the desired outcome has been achieved, a program of wellness care will help you avoid similar issues moving forward. Dr. Schneider and his staff will work with you on a wellness plan that accommodates your lifestyle and goals.
An important note: A long-term plan for treatment of traumatic brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion/post-concussive syndrome is of vital importance when viewed through the lens of the aging process.
Research is showing that brain injury sustained early in life – especially if left untreated or undertreated – increases a person’s risk of developing dementia sooner as they age. For example, think about the recent news regarding athletes who sustain those hard hits during practice and on the field and the issues they are experiencing later in life.
Therefore, long-term treatment of these types of injuries and adopting a lifestyle of wellness should be an important component of everyone’s personal wellness plan.