Sports injuries regularly make the news. Last year, the topic of concussions and brain injury in football and hockey were widely discussed and, in some instances, debated. While contact sports like these are often thought of when talking about concussions for both kids and adults, baseball seems fairly innocuous. However, parents and players should know the facts so that injury can be avoided if at all possible, and properly treated if unavoidable. [Read more…]
The incidence of Traumatic Brain Injuries is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, emergency room visits for Traumatic Brain Injury rose by a whopping 70 percent between 2001 and 2010, and accounted for 2.5 million ER visits in 2010 alone. An increase in the number of people playing sports as well as increased awareness about the condition could play a part in the drastically increasing numbers. [Read more…]
Kids love their sports for many reasons… The skills, both social and physical, learned through team and individual sports are great character builders and allow for camaraderie and a healthy outlet of energy and competitive nature. As kids get more and more skilled in their respective sports, the games get faster and the hits get harder. This has led to more excitement on the field and court, but also a higher opportunity for injury. [Read more…]
Last week we examined the differences between PTSD and TBI and the challenges that patients and doctors are facing in diagnosing and treating the two conditions, when many times they are experienced together. In part two of our this piece, we bring you the details of a very special study in which Dr Ted Carrick’s treatments are changing the face of PTSD treatment, leading to decreased suffering for patients, family and society. [Read more…]
PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is classified as a mental health condition that occurs after a terrifying or traumatic event. PTSD sufferers may be the one who experienced the event or they could have been a witness to the event. While there are several forms of treatment for PTSD, traditionally a combination of psychotherapy and medications. However, a new study conducted by Dr. Frederick Carrick of the Carrick Brain Centers in Dallas, TX and his colleagues Kate McLellan, J. Brandon Brock, Cagan Randall and Elena Oggero seeks to find if methods that are being used to treat traumatic brain injury, a physical condition, are as effective for the treatment of PTSD. In this special two-part article, we will explore the similarities and differences in traumatic brain injury and PTSD and how Dr Carrick’s study is helping PTSD sufferers and seeking to reduce the number of patients diagnosed with PTSD. [Read more…]
Concussions are the number one most common type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and although it is considered a milder form of TBI, it can have serious symptoms and affects on the brain. Many professional athletes have gone into early retirement due to repeated concussions and there are more studies than ever showing long-range effects in those who have suffered repeated concussions. [Read more…]
For many stroke survivors, post-stroke depression is a very real and difficult problem. In fact, approximately one-third of stroke sufferers are affected by post-stroke depression. However, just as there continues to be progress on the prevention and treatment of strokes, there are advances in treatment for post-stroke depression, including options that are drug-free, a welcome option for many regarding improved or restored quality of life.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, depression is characterized by a feeling of hopelessness that interferes with functioning and quality of life. In the case of stroke survivors, depression can be the result of changes in the brain that are a direct result of injury to the brain during the stroke or depression can come about as a normal psychological response to losses suffered in the stroke, such as motor control. (strokeassociation.org) If depression is left untreated, it can impede progress of recovery and rehabilitation, negatively impacting quality of life. Symptoms of post-stroke depression vary by person in terms of frequency, severity and duration, but there are things that loved ones can watch for to help them recognize if someone is experiencing post-stroke depression.
- Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings
- Sleep disturbances
- Change in eating patterns
- Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering details
- Aches, pains or headaches that do not ease with treatment
- Suicidal thoughts
Treatments for post-stroke depression vary as widely as symptoms do. In the past, traditional treatments for depression have largely been through drug therapies. Unfortunately, with these types of drugs, side effects are common and in many cases undesirable as well. Sleeplessness, fatigue and drowsiness, nausea, constipation and dry mouth are a few of the common side effects. However, treatment through the expanding field of Chiropractic Neurology is becoming more and more desirable for patients as it is drug-free and non-invasive.
Chiropractic Neurology is brain-based care that addresses the brain and central nervous system together. The nervous system, or the master control center for the body runs every organ, tissue and cell in our body. There is a constant feedback system relaying messages to the brain and it is vital to keep this system functioning properly for overall well being. By examining the joints, and especially the joints in the spine, your Chiropractic neurologist can ensure a healthier nervous system, staving off depression, pain and many other conditions that post-stroke patients encounter. Chiropractic neurology works with the plasticity of the brain, or our brain’s ability to heal itself through the regeneration of pathways that restore our bodies optimal health. Chiropractic neurology is suitable for patients of all ages and recent studies have shown that this type of therapy is one of the most powerful tools for rehabilitation. [Read more…]
The Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Marc Ellis will be teaching at this year’s National Convention for the American Black Chiropractic Association. Dr. Ellis, who also teaches at the preeminent Carrick Institute, will be speaking on several topics including Traumatic Brain Injury, Headaches and Whiplash due to motor vehicle accidents. [Read more…]
Sports injuries are quite common and almost anyone who exercises on a regular basis will develop an ache, pain or sports injury at some time. From acute injuries such as sprains, fractures and tears to chronic conditions such as tendinitis and overuse, the number and type of sports injuries are as varied as the number of sports and the athletes who play them. Some common sports injuries include everything from blisters to sprains to more serious conditions such as fractures and concussion. (For a list of the most common sports injuries, click here.) Other sports injuries are a result of over-training and recognizing the symptoms of over-training as well as getting the proper amount of rest and recovery time are keys to staying healthy and active as well as having the best performance. [Read more…]