How To Understand The Causes And Effects Of Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain trauma injury has come to the fore in news over the past few years. More specifically known as traumatic brain injury, or TBI, trauma to the brain can result in a highly complex web work of symptoms and disorders. What’s more, warning signs of brain injury don’t always show up immediately. Some may not appear for years. This can make it difficult for the injured person, or the loved ones of the person, to identify TBI early and be able to act in order to minimize the damage.
NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida have had many victims of TBI come through their doors. Treatment of impact injuries like those to the brain or spinal cord is something in which NSI is well-versed. The success of NSI’s treatments comes from the application of advanced medical methods like adipose-derived stem cell therapy. With such experience, NSI understands the warning signs, both overt and subtle, of brain injury trauma. So, let’s take a closer look at TBI and how to identify it.
The Basics of Brain Injury
Until it impacts you personally, it’s difficult to understand the scope of traumatic brain injury or just how overwhelming TBI’s nature can be. Traumatic brain injury is a far more common injury than many people realize. At least 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain brain trauma injury every year. TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths.
Traumatic brain injury has two classifications: mild and severe.
Traumatic brain injury is diagnosed as “mild” when the injury results in a loss of consciousness and/or confusion lasting less than thirty minutes. An MRI or a CAT scan may show no physical damage to the brain, but the person may still exhibit cognitive difficulties like the following:
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Trouble with memory
- Difficulties with attention span
It is important to note that the medical classification of “mild” traumatic brain injury does not mean that the resulting complications are not serious. They most certainly should be treated as such. Yet, often, cultural norms will cause both the victim and his/her family to believe that all that needs to be done is to “shake it off.” This mindset can lead to the seriousness of “mild” brain trauma injury being overlooked. Left untreated, “mild” traumatic brain injury can devastate both victim and family. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with “mild” TBI, don’t hesitate to seek out medical professionals who will take the diagnosis as seriously as it deserves.
Regenerative medical procedures such as stem cell therapy have shown to be both safe and effective in treating “mild” traumatic brain injury.* This is because stem cells address the core damage of TBI, repairing damaged brain tissue, stimulating neuron growth, and creating new blood vessels.
When loss of consciousness exceeds thirty minutes and memory loss lasts longer than 24 hours following an injury such as a blow to the head, violent head shaking, or a penetrating skull injury, the victim is diagnosed with “severe” traumatic brain injury. Resulting difficulties can include the following:
- Impairment of higher level cognitive functions
- Becoming comatose
- Limited functions of the limbs
- Abnormal speech or language
- Reduced ability to think
- Emotional problems
The results of TBI can be profound. Those who are diagnosed with “severe” brain trauma injury may suffer long-term, unresponsive states. The variety of injuries that can cause “severe” TBI is large, and the range of recovery broad. This is one of the reasons why traditional therapies and drug treatments can only go so far in relieving the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, whether classified as “severe” or “mild.” Often, over time, medications can lose their efficacy in relieving the symptoms they were once able to address.
Results with stem cell therapy have been impressive, and have created excitement within the medical community. As with “mild” traumatic brain injury, regenerative medicine methods can directly address and repair the damage created by “severe” TBI.* It has been shown to be an effective therapy on its own, as well as working in concert with more traditional therapies and treatments.
In some cases, because of its functions in cellular regeneration, healing, and re-growth, stem cell therapy may also help patients reduce their need for medications. Stem cell therapy can also be used in conjunction with physical and/or cognitive rehabilitation in order to boost healing and recovery.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Because traumatic brain injury is often under-reported, it can be tricky to assess just how frequently it occurs. However, as stated earlier, confirmed diagnoses of brain trauma injury show that approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain TBI every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 50,000 deaths occur due to traumatic brain injury annually, and as many as 85,000 Americans are left with long term disabilities. There are over 5.3 million persons living with disabilities that are a result of brain trauma injury.
There are any number of situations that can cause traumatic brain injury. The top three are as follows:
- Vehicle-related accidents
- Firearm Incidents
- Falls, regardless of the result of slipping, tripping, or from a height
Younger adults and the aged are the two groups that are at greatest risk for traumatic brain injury. But that is not to say that vigilance and care should not to be taken by anyone who finds themselves in a situation that risks brain trauma injury.
While vehicle accidents, firearm incidents, and falls may be the top three causes of TBI, other factors can also be involved in traumatic brain injury. These can include the following:
- An insufficiency of oxygen, known as hypoxia, to the brain
- Brain tumors
- Infections that involve the brain
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
How Stem Cell Therapy is Used in Treating TBI
The treatment of traumatic brain injury with adipose-derived stem cells is practiced at NSI Stem Cell Centers safely and effectively.* NSI’s FDA guidelines-compliant procedure exclusively uses the patient’s own stem cells for treatments. Derived from the patient’s fatty tissue that lies just below the skin, the stem cells are safe, easy to attain, and abundant.
Once the stem cells have been harvested from a small sample of the patient’s fatty layer -most generally taken from a thigh, buttock, or the abdomen- the adult stem cells are prepared within the clinic and “assigned” to be brain cells. They are then injected back into the patient. The cells naturally migrate to the area of traumatic brain injury, where they continue to copy themselves and go to work at the site of damage, accelerating the growth of new, healthy brain cells and repairing damage.
An entire treatment, from harvest to injection, is complete in a matter of hours on an outpatient basis. The only anesthetic required is a local one at the small area where the sample is harvested. There is very little or no downtime after the therapy session.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.