About fifteen percent of patients continue experiencing concussion symptoms for a year longer after a concussion. Although there currently exist no specific treatments for this condition, professional intervention can help manage your condition. For San Diego concussion services, contact the experts at MindSet for effective treatment using the latest methods.
What Causes a Concussion?
A concussion is a minor brain injury that occurs when you encounter a blow to the head that is severe enough to make your brain hit the skull. This trauma can damage brain cells and affect nerve communication. Additionally, patients may develop a bruised brain or blood vessel damage. It’s need to always be evaluated by a doctor. Even when it appears mild, you must disqualify brain swelling and imminent skull fracture.
Symptoms of Concussion
Your symptoms may appear immediately or may be delayed for a few hours or days. Concussion symptoms can also turn to a chronic problem that lasts a year or longer, in a condition known as post-concussion syndrome. The most common symptoms of a concussion include confusion, memory loss, and headaches.
While a concussion may not knock you out in most cases, you may, however, be unable to remember the events that happened just before your injury. You may experience additional symptoms such as:
- Loss of balance
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
In rare cases, patients experience insomnia, depression, or irritability.
What is TMS and How Does it Help a Concussion?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) refers to treatment that utilizes safe magnetic impulses to motivate the electrical activity of nerves in your brain. TMS can restore brainwave activity to normal levels, consequently improving the symptoms of disorders resulting from brain arrhythmias.
Electroencephalograms (EEGs) reveal that brainwave activity changes after sustaining a concussion. When patients develop post-concussion syndrome, abnormal nerve activity persists. This condition can be effectively treated with TMS.
Differences Between PrTMS® AND TMS
PrTMS is like an upgrade for TMS. It applies a similar electromagnetic field to create a therapeutic magnetic pulse, improving results by customizing treatment. Your team at MindSet implements several crucial steps to customize TMS therapy:
They begin by mapping your brain’s current activity. Your providers obtain an EEG using their PeakLogic ComfortScan™, a wireless device that produces results within less than five minutes. This reveals the area of disrupted nerve activity and its location in the brain.
To customize your treatment further, your MindSet provider asks patients to complete a questionnaire that elaborates their symptoms.
What Can I Expect During PrTMS® Treatment?
After relaxing in a comfortable chair, the TMS device is placed near the head and adjusted to reach a precise brain area. Every session lasts for about half an hour. While initial therapy lasts 6-8 weeks, PrTMS treatments are administered five days every week. Patients receive additional EEGs throughout treatment allowing the team to examine brainwave changes and adjust treatment where necessary.
If you or a loved one suffer from post-concussion syndrome, timely treatment is essential to a lasting recovery. Contact MindSet practitioners on the phone or book your appointment online.