Traumatic Brain Injury Rate Increases Dizzying; New Treatment Options?


27 Nov

Bellingham, Washington - As TBI awareness increases through newscasts, and popular media as the Will Smith movie “Concussion” which demonstrates the long-term impact of the 900-1500 blows to the head a professional football player takes, TBI is a growing concern for parents of children in sports and young drivers.

Over 40% of TBIs are caused by falls, 15% by blunt trauma as in sports injuries, and 14% due to motor vehicle accidents.

More than half (55%) of TBIs among children 0 to 14 years, and More than two-thirds (81%) of TBIs in adults aged 65 and older are caused by falls.

1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during the season. 33% of high school athletes who have a sports concussion report two or more in the same year.

Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males (75% chance for concussion) and Soccer is the most common for females (50% chance for concussion).

When looking at just TBI-related deaths, motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths (26%) for 2006–2010.

Headache (85%) and Dizziness (70-80%) are most commonly reported symptoms immediately following concussions for injured athletes.

90% of most diagnosed concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness

From 30 to 80 percent of those athletes who have sustained concussions still had post-concussion signs and symptoms (e.g. are symptomatic) three months after being injured; about one in seven were still symptomatic after one year.

An estimated 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury-related disability (CDC)

Concussion sufferers often wait for symptoms to subside on their own not knowing that treatment options do exist. As these daunting statistics add up, Dr. Jeffrey Albright has opened Integrative Health Bellingham to restore hope through cutting-edge treatment options. He has sought specialized training in functional neurology, clinical neuroscience based rehabilitation, and functional medicine. These treatments provide the brain with fuel in the form of oxygen, glucose and nutrients in combination with proper stimulation to effect various parts of the brain to improve function.

Over his career, Dr. Albright has seen many traumatic brain injury patients through working with an estimated 4,000 motor vehicle accident patients, professional athletes such as football and soccer players, boxers, mixed martial artists, and dancers. He states, “As a former teacher, I enjoy educating our community about brain function and human performance.” He volunteers providing workshops and information on various health related topics to local community groups.

Integrative Health Bellingham, located at 801 Samish Way, Suite 202, offers a free consultation and screening of brain function in the hopes to help prevent falls and injuries, or address any of your health concerns. You may schedule your consultation by contacting their office at 360-746-8378