According to the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a term which is used for describing degeneration of brain cells as a result of repeated head concussions, injury or trauma.
CTE was previously known as Dementia Pugilistica. It is a rare condition which is found in the brains of military veterans, professional football players, and other professional athletes.
There seems to be one thing in common among all the victims of CTE – they all had a history of repeated injury, concussions to the head or repetitive brain trauma. Individuals who are at a higher risk of developing CTE are:
- Football players
- Soccer Players
- Individuals who play Ice hockey
- Individuals playing other contact sports like rugby or basketball
- Military veterans
- Domestic abuse victims
People who start playing contact sports during the early years of life or in high school are at a greater risk for having CTE. Similarly, symptoms of CTE tend to be more severe in people who have had long sports or military careers, which may have exposed them to a higher risk of repeated sub-concussion head injury. Genetics also seem to affect the occurrence of CTE.
Current research evidence shows that CTE is caused due to the shortage of the Tau protein in the brain. This protein is responsible for maintaining the structure of microtubules in the brain, and it also ensures the normal functioning of brain cells. Due to various reasons, when the Tau protein starts to clump together, it starts damaging the brain cells. As a result, functioning of the brain is seriously hampered.
- Early Behavioral Symptoms – Early symptoms of CTE appear usually during the late 20s or 30s, which include problems with controlling impulse, anger, mood changes, and even paranoia
- Delayed Cognitive Symptoms – Patients may experience symptoms such as confusion, memory loss, and difficulty making decisions. These cognitive symptoms usually appear during the late 40s or early 50 years of life.
In some cases, the symptoms can remain stable for many years or show slow progression, while in other cases the symptoms can worsen with the progression of disease. These may include:
- Difficulty In speech
- Difficulty in swallowing or eating
Sometimes, patients also start having suicidal or self-harm thoughts.
What are the Risk Factors for CTE?
People who start playing contact sports during the early years of life or in high school are at a greater risk for having CTE. Similarly, symptoms of CTE tend to be more severe in people who have long sports or military careers which may expose them to a higher risk of repeated sub-concussion head injury. Genetics also seem to affect the incidence of CTE.
What Causes CTE?
Current research evidence shows that CTE is caused due to the shortage of the Tau protein in the brain. This protein is responsible for maintaining the structure of microtubules in the brain, and it also ensures the normal functioning of brain cells. Due to various reasons, when the Tau protein starts to clump together, it starts damaging the brain cells. As a result, the functioning of the brain is seriously hampered.
How is CTE Diagnosed?
Unfortunately, the only way to definitively diagnose CTE is to visualize brain sections during an autopsy. However, scientists can use brain imaging technology like the MRI, CT-Scan or the PET scan to detect signs of brain injury and to estimate the extent of brain damage. Healthcare practitioners also evaluate the degree and frequency of symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty to concentrate, depression and mood changes to assess disease progression.
If you have had a concussion in the past and you’re having CTE-like symptoms, then you should visit your doctor immediately, since early diagnosis goes a long way in managing CTE.
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Treatment of CTE
Unfortunately, there is no cure for CTE available at present. However, cutting edge advances in technology is being performed for easier diagnosis and treatment of this degenerative brain problem. Currently, the treatment of CTE involves management of symptoms. Depending upon the severity of your condition, your GP or doctor, alongside a psychiatrist, will prepare a long-term treatment plan to minimize your symptoms.
If you are suffering from depression, or having suicidal thoughts, you may be referred to a psychiatrist to help you cope with your specific situation.
People who are having difficulty with speech, may find that a speech therapist can be very helpful.
Visiting with, or talking to people who are also suffering from CTE can be helpful.
Is CTE Preventable?
As mentioned earlier, the primary cause of CTE is repeated injury to the head. Therefore, the following measures should be adopted, especially by military personnel, athletes, professional players involved in contact sports, or any individual who is at higher risk of getting a head injury:
- Wearing the recommended protective gear whenever you are involved in contact sports
- Make sure that you wear a helmet if you are involved in motorcycle racing sports.
- Visiting your doctor immediately after you having a head injury or concussion.
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How Springfield Wellness Center Can Help
Symptoms of CTE can be minimized by keeping patients in a calm, peaceful and relaxed environment. At Springfield Wellness Center, we have the facilities to make life comfortable for individuals who are either recovering from a concussion or those who are suffering from CTE.
In addition, we also have a proprietary BR+NAD™ protocol, which is entirely natural and based on nutritional IV infusion. NAD+ has been shown to improve brain functioning by replenishing the nutrition of brain, and by restoring the balance of various essential coenzymes and neurotransmitters which have been depleted as a result of brain damage. Therefore, with the BR+NAD™ protocol, you feel considerable improvement in terms of brain functioning, ability to focus and mood elevation.
Remember, you can still enjoy life to the fullest with CTE, and we can help you in doing just that. If you, or a loved one, may be suffering from CTE, we can help make your life more comfortable through BR+NAD™. At Springfield Wellness Center, our primary focus is to provide the highest quality care to our esteemed patients. Our highly trained and specialized team is available around the clock to take care of your needs. Book an appointment with us today and start enjoying an active and colorful life. We wish you health and happiness!
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