After a concussion, you may experience dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms than may linger for more than a year. While there is no precise cure for this disorder, the MindSet team reverses concussion San Diego symptoms using TMS or PrTMS. The treatments restore normal brainwave activity, alleviating your symptoms and restoring your ability to perform your daily tasks.
An overview of concussion
A concussion is the least serious form of traumatic brain injury that occurs when the blow is severe enough to make your brain collide with your skull. The trauma may damage a few brain cells and disrupt nerve communication. Concussions can bruise and stretch blood vessels and nerves and result in chemical changes that can temporarily lose brain function. A single concussion rarely causes permanent damage, but multiple concussions over time can lead to structural changes in the brain. These traumas are not usually life-threatening; their effects can be severe and linger for days or even weeks.
Factors contributing to concussions
The brain tissue is made of soft, squishy components, surrounded by the cerebrospinal fluid that cushions it against the skull. A concussion occurs when your brain twists or bounces inside your head or experiences a whiplash-type of back-and-forth movement that causes a collision with the skull. These aggressive movements result in temporary loss of brain function and concussion symptoms. Sports injuries, falls, and motor vehicle accidents are common causes of this trauma. Children may also experience concussions during sports like basketball, wrestling, and ice hockey.
Diagnostic techniques for concussion
During your initial appointment at MindSet, the team will discuss the event leading to your head trauma and symptoms and conduct a neurological exam. They evaluate your hearing, balance and coordination, reaction to light, eye movement and vision, neurological function and reflexes, and strength during the exam. You may also need computerized, verbal, or written tests to evaluate your thinking ability, memory and concentration, and problem-solving skills. Your provider may also need to know if you have experienced behavioral or mood changes. Imaging tests are not usually necessary for diagnosing a concussion. Still, if the team suspects severe effects of head trauma, like brain swelling, cervical spine injury, or bleeding in your skull, they may order imaging tests.
How TMS alleviates concussion symptoms
After diagnosis, your provider may educate you about the available treatments and help you choose the most effective option. The MindSet team prefers the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment. The therapy utilizes safe magnetic impulses to trigger the electrical activity of the nerves within your brain. The treatment restores brainwave activity to standard levels, improving the symptoms associated with disrupted nerve activity. Electroencephalograms (EEGs) indicate that brainwave activity changes after experiencing a concussion. If you develop post-concussion syndrome, abnormal nerve activity may persist, meaning that you may experience concussion symptoms for longer. However, the MindSet can reset the nerve activity with TMS.
The team conducts EEGs throughout your treatment to evaluate brainwave changes and make the necessary treatment adjustments to achieve the desired goal. To explore more about concussions, call the MindSet office or book your spot online.