NJ Community Spine and Pain Introduces Cutting Edge Concussion and Balance Center
Have you ever suffered a concussion? How would you know? An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury every year. Of them 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized and nearly 80% are treated in an emergency room; that is a staggering 1,365,000 people each year. Almost 500,000 of these traumatic brain injuries are suffered by children 0 – 14 years old.
NJ Community Spine and Pain has created a cutting edge Concussion and Balance Center. We will do baseline testing to determine what your balance issues are and create a customized treatment plan to address your issues.
If your problem is a Traumatic Brain Injury, our medical staff will identify the problem and like our Balance Program create a custom program to keep you safe from further injury.
For the average person a Baseline Test should be run prior to injury. This is done at NJ Community Spine’s Concussion and Balance Center. We save all results and in the event of injury we can see how much change has occurred within the brain. If you have a family member that plays any sport I would suggest getting a Baseline Test immediately.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.
What Should I do If a Concussion Occurs?
People with a concussion need to be seen by a health care professional immediately. If you think you or someone you know has a concussion, you need to contact NJ Community Spine and Pain’s Concussion and Balance Center. Our comprehensive screening and treatment plans will help you get well quickly and safely. Getting help soon after the injury by trained specialists is crucial.
What Are the Potential Effects of a TBI?
According to the CDC the severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.
TBI can cause a wide range of functional short- or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions.
• Thinking (i.e., memory and reasoning);
• Sensation (i.e., touch, taste, and smell);
• Language (i.e., communication, expression, and understanding); and
• Emotion (i.e., depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness)
TBI can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.
About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.
Repeated mild TBIs occurring over an extended period of time (i.e., months, years) can result in cumulative neurological and cognitive deficits. Repeated mild TBIs occurring within a short period of time (i.e., hours, days, or weeks) can be catastrophic or fatal.
New Jersey Concussion and Balance Center
One of the biggest problems we face in this country is people with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Balance Issues. The New Jersey Concussion and Balance Center has been created to help combat this healthcare crisis. Our medical staff will address your conditions quickly and with care. Our drug free non surgical approach to healthcare separates us from many other doctors’ office.
Make your appointment today and let us change your life.