Brain Injury

Mind Performance Center

J Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB

Neurology & Functional Neurology Practice located in Foley, AL and serving the greater Baldwin County

Sports activities and car accidents are two of the top causes of traumatic brain injuries. At Mind Performance Center, J. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB, specializes in functional neurology, a highly advanced and holistic approach that promotes recovery from a brain injury by correcting brain pathway damage. At Mind Performance Center we proudly serve residents of Foley, Fairhope, Daphne, Mobile, and Pensacola. To learn if you’re a good candidate for restorative treatments that reprogram your neural networks, call the office in Foley, Alabama, or schedule an appointment.

Brain Injury Q & A

What problems develop due to a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an impact to your head or body forces your brain to strike your skull. The trauma that occurs during a TBI depends on the severity of the injury.

A concussion is the mildest type of TBI, yet it damages the nerves and affects your brain function. If you suffer a moderate or severe TBI, you may have a brain injury such as one of these:

  • Hematoma (bleeding)
  • Cerebral contusion (bruising)
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain)
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding around the brain)
  • Hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluids)
  • Diffuse nerve injuries (torn or stretched nerves)

A TBI can also result in a skull fracture.

What symptoms develop after a brain injury?

Most people who have a concussion don’t pass out. However, a moderate-to-severe TBI can make you lose consciousness for 20 minutes to six hours or longer. Other symptoms may appear immediately or be delayed for days to weeks.

When symptoms appear, you experience one or more of the following:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping

Brain injuries can also cause symptoms such as changes in hearing, body numbness or tingling, and slurred speech.

Can a traumatic brain injury cause a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is disrupted. Though strokes are typically caused by blocked or ruptured blood vessels, nearly 3% of all people who suffer a TBI have a stroke as a result of their injury.

After a stroke, brain cells begin to die within minutes. The extent of brain damage depends on how long the blood supply is cut off and the area of the brain that’s affected.

How are brain injuries treated?

All types of brain injuries, including a concussion, need immediate medical attention and moderate-to-severe TBIs are treated in the hospital. As you start to recover from a brain injury, Dr. Brown specializes in therapies that help you rehabilitate from a brain injury, whether due to a TBI or stroke. 

Dr. Brown identifies the damaged brain pathways and assesses the likelihood of restoring nerve activity. If you’re a good candidate, he develops a treatment plan that stimulates nerve growth and reestablishes neural communication. For example, a regimen of sensory, physical, and cognitive exercises can restore brain pathways. 

If you need help to recover from a brain injury, call Mind Performance Center or schedule an appointment online.