A traumatic brain injury neither has to begin with a physical injury nor with direct contact to the head, although it often does.TBIs can begin with a physical or metabolic insult, but the result is still similar. Metabolic brain insults can also begin with tick-borne illness, mold exposure, metal toxicity, or viral infection. For example, Post-COVID Syndrome. Symptoms come from a change in the connectivity between neurons, mediated by a chronic immune response, called microglial cell ramification. Rehabilitation of these injuries helps teach the brain how to make functional new connections, while nutritional approaches help reduce that inflammation and support the healthy firing of neurons. This inflammatory mechanism is important because we don’t want those fragile neurons to fire beyond their metabolic threshold, i.e. think mood changes and emotionality. If this happens, the road to recovery can be significantly longer. We are experienced in navigating these challenges.
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