Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities including depression and anxiety. Approximately 1.7 million Americans sustain a TBI each year and it is the number one cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), also known as concussions, are a common cause of neurocognitive deficits and although many patients recover, up to 33 percent experience persistent cognitive problems. As many as 15 percent of these patients report disabling symptoms a year later and occurrences of depression and anxiety are higher after an mTBI.
Motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries/impacts are the most common causes of concussions and TBI. Activities such as skiing, snowboarding, football, soccer, and wrestling, are often associated with concussions and simple falls, particularly for the elderly, can also lead to concussions. Furthermore, veterans have up to a 40 percent chance of experiencing a TBI.
At Neuro-Luminance Brain Health Centers, we offer cutting-edge diagnostic tools and innovative therapies for TBI. We have treated hundreds of individuals for TBI and patients show substantial improvement in clinical symptoms.
We utilize SPECT scans, along with other pioneering new diagnostic tools. With 10-fold superiority to Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, SPECT has also demonstrated results superior to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans in localizing functional cerebral damage.
Percentage of patients complaining of symptoms at baseline (red bars) and after treatment (green bars). Neurophysiological studies with perfusion brain SPECT scans also have demonstrated substantial improvement.
SPECT data from a TBI patient statistically compared with a normative database (N = 64). Top Row: data before treatment. Bottom Row: data after treatment. Maps of standard deviation (SD) from mean using Segami Inc. software. The color scale is gray for less than two SD different from the normative database, green for areas that were two to three SDs below the mean of normative database, light blue for areas that were three to four SDs below, and dark blue for areas that were greater than four SDs below.
There are a number of factors we consider when diagnosing and treating TBI, including Cervicogenic headaches.
Cervicogenic headaches occur secondary to injury of the upper neck and posterior cervical spine and are often in association with a TBI. Generally brought on by sudden impact with the steering wheel or headrest, these can also occur with sports injuries involving traumatic impact.
Because the upper cervical spine and skull protect numerous nerves, blood vessels, and vertebrae, injury to this area can cause serious dysfunction in spinal nerves and blood vessels, resulting in severe headaches. Some also experience referred pain in the neck and upper shoulder areas, as well as down the arm and upper body.
While Cervicogenic headaches often respond well to spinal manipulation and exercises, we have also found excellent results with the use of NILT therapy. Patients report reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and improvement in numbness and tingling. Untreated, this injury can develop into permanent injury with disabilities.
We recognize the complexity and challenges of treating TBI and invite you to begin a new type of treatment journey. If you or someone you know has sustained a TBI, Neuro-Luminance will explore your options and help you create a customized treatment plan. You don’t need to suffer alone with limited to no resources any longer.
Veterans are a special mandate of our sister non-profit, The Neuro-Laser Foundation and resources are available to help ease the financial burden of treatment. Please call to find out about subsidized treatment options.