- Many people have suffered some degree of concussion
- Long-term consequences may be subtle and not acute
- SPEC is a scan that shows brain function
- Hyperbaric oxygen has been found useful for healing head injuries
- Additional recovery can follow using other wound healing principles
- Treatment of some chronic neurodegenerative diseases can be improved with NAD and stem cells
This is an interesting article about the significance of concussion: 5 Symptoms That You Have a Concussion
In my surgical career I have been involved with trauma and encountered concussion many times. As I was dealing with retired NFL players with my age management practice, I saw many were involved with litigation for traumatic brain injury secondary to their professional football career. This reminds me of the years I spent as team physician for my son's high school football team. I remember having to evaluate several guys who had their “bells rung.”
Most of us have suffered some concussive symptoms in the past that resolved with no problem. When I was a boy I got my headbanging and just got up to get going again.
Also look at this recent article which documents a type of neck artery injury from trauma: Unusual Injury
I have seen this finding without symptoms using a sonogram probe on the patient’s neck as part of a routine checkup. This injury has also resulted secondary to extreme yoga positions.
The first article discusses the biology of the brain. The SPEC scan is a functional scan that actually shows parts of the brain which may be functioning properly or not. This scan is used to monitor patients' progress.
If we all had a routine SPEC scan, what would this show? Maybe some areas not functioning properly but something lived with routinely and no acute or only subtle findings.
Hyperbaric oxygen is used sometimes for treatment in patients with chronic brain injury. Light energy, electromagnetic forces, and oxygen are methods associated with wound healing in the brain as well as other parts of the body. Hyperbaric oxygen has been shown to increase stem cell activity. This fits with wound healing principles followed routinely with my stem cell treatments.
The use of NAD is also helpful: The Therapeutic Use of NAD
I have injected umbilical cord stem cells for TBI with reasonable success. Improvement has been seen with patients even when this was done a couple of years after the trauma. I consider the stem cell treatment to be more successful if done as close to about two weeks of the injury, and certainly before 9 to 12 months. However, I have had some long-standing injury patients that have shown improvement.
So……… I wanted to share this article since we all have been hit around a time or two. Or don’t you remember it?
They weren't in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My husband has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car's ignition. He's afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband: "I left my keys in the car and it's been stolen."
There was a moment of silence. I thought the call had been disconnected, but then I heard his voice. "Are you kidding me?" he barked, "I dropped you off!"
Now it was my turn to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me."
He retorted, "I will, as soon as I convince this cop that I didn't steal your damn car!"
"Welcome to the Golden Years"—(or is this old concussion)