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What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb
Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb

Some diseases in people appear due to malfunctions in the body or through genetics. And some of them appear under the influence of inflicted physical damage, that is, injuries. Very often, injuries can be observed in athletes. Strong blows to the head during boxing or football can disrupt the brain’s functionality. It is precisely what Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is. It is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain. This syndrome is associated with many types of sports. It includes boxing, football, hockey, and martial arts. But it can also happen to victims of a specific type of head injury. It can be in victims of domestic violence and survivors of bombings, such as military personnel.

Unfortunately, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a rather severe disease. It is impossible to diagnose in life. Its exact frequency in the population is unknown, and the reasons may differ. This disease affects the brain, causing various cognitive, psychomotor, and mood symptoms. Despite the severity of its signs, they do not begin to appear until several years after the injury, which is the main problem. However, if you consult a doctor and follow the treatment, you can alleviate the symptoms of this syndrome.

Understanding CTE

Brain damage after trauma can be chronically progressive. It often passes in a relatively mild form, which does not threaten life. However, the severity of the disease depends on the type of injury itself. However, in any case, it causes unpleasant symptoms to the victim. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy forces the patient to visit a doctor systematically. Here are the symptoms accompanying this disease:

  • Cognitive impairment: problems with thinking.
  • Impulsive behavior and drug abuse.
  • Emotional instability: depression, anger, sudden mood swings.
  • Aggression, both physical and verbal.
  • Short-term memory loss, especially related to daily tasks
  • Difficulties in performing functions: planning problems.
  • Emotional instability.
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior.
  • Generalized apathy: lack of expressiveness and emotional interest.
  • Motor problems: start with clumsiness and progress to slowness, stiffness and coordination problems.

Encephalopathy occurs against the background of metabolic disorders in brain cells. Regardless of the cause, the pathology follows a single scenario. First, there is a decrease in the activity of neurons, then their gradual death.

At its core, CTE is a devastating consequence of the human brain’s vulnerability to trauma. Over time, the accumulation of blows to the head triggers a chain of events. It leads to the gradual destruction of brain tissue. What makes Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy particularly problematic is that it can manifest years or even decades after the initial injuries. That is, you can recover from an injury, but its consequences can make themselves felt after a long time. It makes researching the disorder very difficult and sometimes impossible.

doctors analyze an MRI scan

Concussive Brain Injury Explained

Did you get a brain contusion? It is important to understand what happens in your brain after it. 

First, let’s learn what concussive brain injury is. This is when the brain experiences a strong shock. It can happen in sports, on the road, or at home. People can get a concussive brain injury due to an accident, sporting events, falls, or even military conflicts. Even a light blow to the head can cause this. So, just because you feel fine after a hit doesn’t mean everything is fine. Concussion is a serious matter. That’s why it’s crucial to rest and give your brain time to recover.

In a concussive brain injury, the brain temporarily loses its usual function. It can lead to a variety of symptoms. It includes headaches, confusion, memory impairment, and vision and hearing problems. A person feels very dizzy and sometimes nauseous. Doctors recommend monitoring yourself after a blow to the head and rest. In case of a severe injury, it is necessary to seek medical help.

The Effects of Brain Damage from Concussions

Concussions have gained significant attention in recent years. It is due to their potential long-term effects on brain health.

The effects of brain damage from concussions can vary greatly, both in severity and duration. Common immediate symptoms include headaches, dizziness, confusion, and memory loss. However, the hidden dangers lie in the potential long-term consequences.

Apart from this, it can also have a significant impact on emotional well-being. Many individuals who have suffered multiple concussions report increased anxiety. Patients face depression and difficulty managing their emotions.

Recognizing these often overlooked effects is crucial for seeking proper medical care. Here are more details about short-term results and long-term effects of brain damage from concussions:

Short-term effects

In the short term, concussions can lead to various symptoms that vary from person to person. The most common signs include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. Many individuals also experience sensitivity to light and noise, as well as mood swings.

These symptoms typically subside within a few weeks. But they can significantly impact daily life during that period. So, it is crucial to understand that even minor concussions require proper rest and care.

Long-term effects

While most individuals recover fully from concussions, some may experience long-term effects. Multiple concussions or significant trauma to the head increases the risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It is a degenerative brain disease that can cause memory loss, confusion, depression, and even behavioral changes.

So, long-term effects emphasize proper diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of concussions.

the girl holds her head and feels severe pain

Conclusion

The effects of brain damage from concussions should not be underestimated. Understanding the potential risks and taking appropriate measures to minimize them are essential to maintaining brain health. So, if you are experiencing the effects of a brain injury, contact LoneStar Neurologists. Our professionals are seasoned in neurological issues. For this reason, we can help you and keep your health in good shape. Remember: timely consultation with doctors is a guarantee of your good health.

FAQ

  • How is concussive brain injury related to CTE?

Concussive brain injuries can increase the risk of developing CTE. The connection between them lies in the repeated nature of concussions. Each concussion may add to long-term brain damage. It increases the likelihood of developing CTE later in life.

  • Can brain damage from concussions be treated or reversed?

Unfortunately, concussive brain damage is often permanent. However, prompt medical attention, rest, and appropriate therapies can enhance the recovery process and mitigate long-term effects.

  • What are the common symptoms of brain damage from concussions?

 Symptoms of brain damage from concussions are different. They often include headaches, confusion, sensitivity to light or noise, and sometimes nausea. Brain damage from concussions also leads to memory problems and difficulty with cognitive functions. It can include forgetfulness and trouble concentrating.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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