Approximately 3.8 million Americans sustain concussions every year due to sports or other recreational activities every year.
You can experience a wide range of side effects post-concussion. These side effects can include intellectual problems, communication problems, social problems, behavioral and emotional changes, and sensory issues. Depression is found three times more often in people with traumatic brain injury than in the general population.
The brain doesn’t heal like any other body part. Some difficulties that you didn’t have prior to the brain injury may even persist even after a period of recovery. Older adults, young children and teens are likely to recover slower than others post-concussion. Having one concussion puts you at a higher risk and probability for another concussion and those with multiple concussions also are likely to have a slower recovery. It is essential to your recovery to have a rehabilitation program like the one found here, at the Abbey Clinic.
Is it harder for you to remember tasks or important information after your concussion? Do you have more trouble sustaining attention and concentrating on one task? Do you have difficulty organizing your thoughts? Do you have trouble following conversations or participating in them after your concussion? Do you have difficulty in social situations? Have you had any emotional changes post-concussion? such as feeling depressed, anxious, or more irritable? Have you had any vision changes post-concussion? such as increased light sensitivity or double or blurry vision?
Find out more about your options for brain injury, concussion, and post-concussion syndrome.
Having an accurate, meaningful diagnosis can be reassuring and give a better understanding on how to move forward with treatment. Neuropsych evaluations post-concussion can be helpful to see what areas were affected and how severely they were affected, whether it’s memory, attention, executive functioning, language or others. If there was an assessment done already to diagnose the concussion, this would be beneficial to track progress and then target areas that still need improvement with our comprehensive neuropsych eval.
Brain training is a research proven, safe and effective way to help improve brain function and concussion symptoms. We offer different neuromodulation techniques including neurofeedback, near infrared light therapy, and more. Research shows that EEG Neurofeedback therapy has significant changes on the functional and structural connectivity on mild to moderate TBI patients.
Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning (CVAC) is an adaptive conditioning program where there are dynamic changes in pressure, eliciting adaptive responses from our bodies. During the CVAC process, participants sit in a simulator pod that has a larger window in the front. CVAC research has shown that its treatment increases blood oxygen saturation (it increases the amount of oxygen our blood can hold on to) and increases cardiac output. Research has also shown that CVAC process can decrease tissue edema (swelling). These results are extremely helpful when recovering from a concussion and may help speed your recovery process.
treatment: neurovisual training
Neurovisual training can be extremely beneficial after a concussion or brain injury. 67% of our neural connections are connected to our visual centers or related to visual information. Neurovisual training can help improve or even resolve newfound visual difficulties. We work on skills like visual working memory, visual attention span, visual processing speed and more to help you recover from your brain injury or concussion.
treatment: light therapy
Near infrared light therapy utilizes near infrared light to stimulate a biological response at the cellular level. ATP is our body’s main source of energy and this form of light therapy is known to increase cellular respiration thereby increasing ATP biosynthesis. Research has showed near infrared light therapy has several possible implications including decreasing inflammation (which is common post concussion), increasing the amount of neurotransmitters (like serotonin and dopamine – both play a role in depression) and it is believed to facilitate neurogenesis and/or neuroplasticity.
We offer psychotherapy and other forms of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy, which can allow clients to build a supportive, caring relationship with one of our many psychologists. Together, you can work through any difficulties whether it is the event that caused your concussion, any emotional changes, life stresses and give you the tools to continue functioning in your daily life.