The Use of Opioids in Treating TBI Pain

The Use of Opioids in Treating TBI Pain

“Fire is a good servant but a bad master,” as the old saying goes. The same can be said for opioids, a class of drugs that are great at alleviating pain but, unfortunately, can take over people’s lives when they become addicted, or even cause death from an overdose. I...
Whiplash and Cervical Strain in TBI

Whiplash and Cervical Strain in TBI

My interview this month is with Dr. Steven Moskowitz of Paradigm Outcomes in California. As a physiatrist and Senior Medical Director at Paradigm, Dr. Moskowitz is an expert on acute and chronic pain management. In our interview, we discuss several aspects of pain...
Evaluating and Treating Headaches After Brain Injury

Evaluating and Treating Headaches After Brain Injury

Headaches are extremely common in people who have concussions and more severe traumatic brain injuries. There are different types of headaches that can occur post-injury, as detailed in the previous blog. Knowing what type of headache you suffer from can make it...
Different Types of Headaches in Concussion and TBI

Different Types of Headaches in Concussion and TBI

One of the hallmark symptoms in concussion or brain injury is headache. As many as 9 in 10 people who have sustained a head injury report headache as one of their primary symptoms. However, the topic isn’t as simple as it first appears. Some people with concussions or...
TBI and Depression

TBI and Depression

Traumatic Brain Injury and depression are frequently seen together. One study from 2004 found that about one third of patients  with a TBI also experienced major depressive disorder during the first year following the TBI. Other statistics put that number higher,...
3 Healing Modalities to Try to Ease TBI Associated Symptoms

3 Healing Modalities to Try to Ease TBI Associated Symptoms

I talk a lot about the cognitive symptoms that people who are suffering from a traumatic brain injury, such as troubles with concentration, learning, and memory, but I don’t want to ignore the very real – and very common – physical symptoms, too. With that in...
What It’s Like to Have a TBI

What It’s Like to Have a TBI

This month I’m very excited to bring to you an interview I recently did with Seth Fischer, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis, which you can watch here. Previously, I’ve interviewed Melita Moore, a college team physician,  Dr. Richard Delmonico, a...
What Effect Does Concussion Have on Academic Performance?

What Effect Does Concussion Have on Academic Performance?

As Brittany stared at the test lying on her school desk, the words and numbers began to jumble. She couldn’t understand it: She’d been studying for this test for weeks, and now here it was and she could barely read the paper before her. Stress, she thought was the...
Be a Parent Advocate for Children and Youth Sports Concussions

Be a Parent Advocate for Children and Youth Sports Concussions

One of the things I like most about the interview I recently did with Michelle Camicia is that Michelle comes at the topic of youth sports and concussion from the perspective of both a health care professional and as a mom with two active kids. As a rehabilitation...
Empowering Your Kids to Speak up About Concussions in Youth Sports

Empowering Your Kids to Speak up About Concussions in Youth Sports

In the previous blog post, I suggested three things to speak to your kids about on the subject of youth sports and concussions: what a concussion is, how to recognize the symptoms in themselves and others, and what to do when they suspect a concussion has occurred....
Talk to Your Kids About the Concussion Risk of Collision Sports

Talk to Your Kids About the Concussion Risk of Collision Sports

Participating in sports carries many benefits for children of all ages. It teaches them about teamwork, discipline, perseverance, how to win and lose gracefully, and, of course, helps with physical and mental fitness. There are many upsides for kids to participate in...
3 Things to Do to Allow Your Brain to Recover More Quickly After TBI

3 Things to Do to Allow Your Brain to Recover More Quickly After TBI

Allowing the brain to heal after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very important thing a survivor can do. In my interview with neuropsychologist Dr. Richard Delmonico, which is available to view in full on my website here, he discussed three things in particular...

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