According to a new research study, patients who suffer from mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may be more prone to having long-term deficits that impede daily life activities, as compared to other types of medical issues. Research has shown for years that moderate and severe brain injuries have lasting effects, but the effects of mild TBIs on long-term functioning have been less researched.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result from many things, including car accidents, sports injuries, and some types of repeated trauma. TBIs have been making the news recently due to many student athletes suing the NCAA and their respective colleges/universities. According to news sources, the NCAA has received over 300 legal claims from former college athletes, mostly football players. These athletes state that concussions they received while playing sports were not always handled correctly in college. As a result, they now have lasting effects including mental health issues, early onset Parkinsons, Alzheimer's Disease, and chronic headaches. This is not the first time that the NCAA has been sued to head injury concerns. One former class action lawsuit against the NCAA led to $75M for students who claimed they had injuries. Another stipulation within that lawsuit was an agreement that any potential class-action personal injury lawsuits couldn't be held against the NCAA, but students could pursue their own lawsuits at their individual schools.
Sufferers of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may soon be getting more relief. According to the published results of recent scientific research, a drug that is used to treat both dementia and Alzheimer's disease may also be useful for TBI patients as well. The drug, called memantine, is reported to help their recovery process, as measured through the Glasgow Coma Scale and neuronal damage markers in the blood. This may really help patients who have recently had a traumatic injury to their head which has resulted in significant neurological damage.
Spinal cord, brain, and other serious injuries are frightening, life changing, and complicated to live with and treat. A recent press release by the Shriners Hospital for Children offered up a few surprising and eye-opening statistics related to the prevalence and common causes of spinal cord injuries. Their list included the following statistics:
If you've ever been in an accident, such as a car or bicycle accident, you know how painful and persistent those injuries can be. However, if you also happened to have injured your spine, the lasting damages can be even more severe. What are some of the expenses that occur after you've injured your spine? Take a look below.
If you've been following our blog for the past few weeks, you may have noticed that we're taking a closer look at spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a serious and painful medical condition that causes significant back pain. Not only does it make it hard to do everyday tasks like lift groceries, drive a car, and sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, it may also make your work and recreational activities difficult, if not impossible, to enjoy. We don't think anyone should have to suffer from this type of injury, especially when it was caused due to the fault of another person, such as being involved in a car accident.
You may have been reading the sports section of your local paper recently and noticed that several athletes have been out of commission due to something called spinal stenosis. Your doctor may have also brought up the diagnosis to you if you've recently complained of lower back pain. So, what is spinal stenosis, anyway?