Concussions are in the news again, but this time with a better name: CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. I say a better name because it finally indicates the more serious issue underlying the problem. Will Smith’s new movie that came out a few months ago highlights the fight within the football community to get some recognition for this injury.

People who receive a concussion from a fall, a car accident, an athletic injury or other incident usually recover without long term effects. However, the issue is that a second concussion or fall can result in more long lasting symptoms. The brain degeneration that occurs after multiple injuries can be slow but debilitating; hence the chronic aspect of CTE. The media is spotlighting the athletic arena, as it should, but it should also be noted that it’s not just athletes that suffer from multiple concussions. Anyone who has symptoms lasting more than 3 months after a head injury, and anyone who has had more than one head injury can be at risk for CTE. We have patients who have had multiple falls, multiple car accidents, and combinations of head injuries who we would consider to have post-concussive syndrome, and therefore at higher risk.

One thing to also consider, is that if you have experienced a fall or accident that wasn’t your fault, then you might want to get yourself a lawyer to help you get compensation for your injury. If this is something to you, then you might want to check out this Oklahoma slip and fall accident law firm. However, although getting compensation is a good thing, the most important thing to do, is to recover from your injury. That’s where we can help.

As this topic is further analyzed and researched, more tools become available to diagnose it. Currently, CTE is only diagnosed on autopsy, however, there is a new blood test coming out soon to measure a protein that is released after brain injury, SNTF. This will be able to help us decide if CTE is present or if the symptoms are related to something else.

What we are happy about, regardless of the new research, is how well Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works to heal the brain. Concussions heal so dramatically with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Our patients report feeling like they get their lives back. Chronic headaches disappear. Brain fog disappears. Memory improves.

The sooner you get oxygen back to your brain, the faster it heals and the sooner you get back to your best health. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help with this process.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)