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Friday, October 20, 2017

Experimental Treatment Could Help Those Suffering from TBIs

How long does a traumatic brain injury take to heal?

Each year, over 1.3 million Americans are treated for traumatic brain injuries in emergency rooms across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Approximately 50,000 people will die from brain injuries, while another nearly 300,000 will require hospitalization.  Evidence has emerged in recent years demonstrating that traumatic brain injuries or TBIs may have a more significant long term impact than previously believed. Our New York City brain injury attorneys at the Law Office of Arthur O. Tisi explore a new experimental treatment that could benefit the victims of traumatic brain injuries.  

Transcranial Electrical Stimulation

Researchers have uncovered that traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral issues.  Some mild TBIs will resolve in a matter of days, but some TBIs labeled as mild will leave the victim with persistent symptoms for months or even years.  Long term, the full impact of a mild TBI is not fully understood, but multiple mild TBIs have been associated with significant impairments later in life.

In an effort to reduce the long term symptoms associated with TBIs, a group of researchers at the University of California- San Diego tested the effectiveness of low level transcranial electrical stimulation.  Six people participated in the study, which is set to be published in the journal Brain Injury.  Each participant had suffered a mild TBI and experienced persistent symptoms post-concussion.  Researchers used transcranial electrical stimulation combined with EEG monitoring.  

TBIs are marked with magnetoencephalography by abnormal brain slow waves.  Before treatment, all participants showed abnormal slow waves.  After stimulation, scans showed a reduction in the number of slow waves.  Participants further noticed a reduction in their concussive symptoms.

While this was a small study, it was able to show through imaging the potential effectiveness of transcranial electrical stimulation in the treatment of mild TBIs.  This important research could open the doors for new treatment options for those who continue to suffer the effects of a TBI months or even years down the road.  

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