traumatic brain injury

By Dr Greg Lamont-Mitchell, ND

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Over 5 million Americans (just over 2% of the population) currently live with a disability resulting from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain injuries are unpredictable in their consequences. A brain injury affects who we are, the way we think, act, and feel. It can change aspects of us in a matter of seconds. It is important to remember that no two brain injuries are alike, the effects can vary from person to person. A brain Injury can cause many issues depending on the severity of the injury.

Effects of Mild to Moderate Brain Injury

  • Cognitive problems
  • Making bad business & personal choices
  • Fatigue
  • Mood problems
  • Difficulty or slowness with speaking, reading, or thinking
  • Lack of energy/motivation
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Dizziness, loss of balance and feeling light-headed

Associated Issues from Mild to Moderate Brain Injury

Prevention of Brain Injury

As always, the best treatment is prevention. Always remember to protect your head when doing activities that increase the risk of a head/brain injury. Activities where a helmet or headgear are recommended and can make a life-saving difference if injury occurs are: cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, scooter riding, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, baseball, softball, football, hockey, and horseback riding.

Treatment for Brain Injury

Once you have a brain injury the journey through recovery can be a long one. Of injuries to any part of the body, the brain can take the longest time to recover. Maintaining good health practices and taking brain-boosting supplements such as fish oil, magnesium, zinc, tumeric, and antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, selenium and beta-carotene can help the brain recover.

Healing from a brain injury is a slow process and fortunately at Emerge Natural Health Care we have treatment options that can help including:

Schedule an Appointment

If you or someone you know has had a brain injury and needs help, call Emerge Natural Health Care at (360) 787-3615.

For more information on brain injuries, visit the Brain Injury Association of America.

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