Concussions

Concussions

Head injury and trauma have been receiving more attention lately and it should. Head injuries today may result in serious health issues later—such as dementia and early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Immediate effects include headaches, poor concentration, poor sleep, poor memory, irritability, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, etc.

The resulting action of a hit to the head can range from minor to severe depending on the angle, force and prior injuries. Many times we don’t recall a prior trauma, but they all add up. The more traumas, the more likely you will suffer from significant damage to the brain. I have also seen hormone problems after a concussion.

Concussions take time to heal, however with natural medicine, we can decrease symptoms, improve sleep and support the healing process. Omega-3 fatty acid replacement is important since the brain is largely comprised of cholesterol and fats. Homeopathy can also help the trauma by reducing edema, bruising and pain.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) give cells increased oxygen to support regeneration and healing of the brain cells. Sports teams have begun using this treatment since there is not much conventional medicine can offer except for pain and sleeping medications.

A comprehensive approach needs to be taken if patients want to prevent problems arising later in life. Many times head trauma is not taken seriously, but each bump has a cumulative effect. A little prevention goes a long way for your future mental health.