'Boot Camp for the Brain' Improves Functionality Following Concussion

As evidence of long-term concussion damage grows, clinical neuroscience is an emerging treatment option.

Feb 19, 2016, 08:00 ET from Plasticity Brain Centers

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Culturally and particularly in the rough-and-tumble world of American sports, concussions have been treated somewhat casually, as "a bump on the head" or "part of the game." But growing research and evidence show that a concussion is very serious indeed. The retirement announcement of a popular WWE wrestling star – due to multiple concussions – drives home that point. Now, an emerging field of medicine gives hope to concussion patients by rebuilding or creating new neural connections in injured brains.

The Center for Disease Control estimates 3.8 million individuals report a concussion each year, but many concussions go unreported, especially among men.

"A concussion is an impact to the head that interrupts normal function of the brain," said Dr. Matthew Antonucci, Director of Neurological Performance and Rehabilitation at Plasticity Brain Centers. "Concussions can affect functions that patients are unaware of, such as balance, physical coordination, eye tracking, cognitive function, memory and even emotional state. While 90 percent of concussions resolve on their own, 10 percent do not."

Antonucci and his colleagues are using cutting-edge science to help people with traumatic brain injury, especially those who do not respond to traditional treatment. Patients spend five days at the center, up to six hours a day; it's like "boot camp for the brain." Personalized diagnosis and treatment can focus on eye movement, balance, inner ear function, brainwaves, motor function, timing, vision therapy, or hand-eye coordination. The benefit of clinical neuroscience is in the frequency, intensity and duration of treatment. Plasticity Brain Centers treats many conditions of the brain, including neurodegenerative diseases and movement disorders. A retrospective analysis of 100 patients who were unresponsive to other therapies found that 93 percent of patients improved, and they improved by an average of 48 percent.

Plasticity Brain Centers offers non-invasive neuro-rehabilitation based on a single scientific principle: the brain is capable of learning and changing throughout a patient's life. This is made possible through engagement with targeted neuro-receptors; known as "neuroplasticity," this approach is widely accepted by the scientific community and only available in leading-edge treatment centers. The Centers' board-certified doctors and specialists provide an innovative and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment model delivering exceptional outcomes to exceptional patients, unleashing the brain's potential now.

Watch a Plasticity Brain Center concussion patient testimonial: https://youtu.be/WmStk9y0kxM


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