Neurorehabilitation Improves Patient with Repitive Traumatic Brain Injuries

Frederick R. Carrick1*David J. Traster1*Susan Esposito2* and Matthew Antonucci1*

1 Carrick Institute, United States

2 Life University, United States

Background: We describe a 27 year old female who presents with a seven year history of concussions. She complains of headaches, fatigue, memory and concentration problems, nausea, depression and speech difficulties.

Methods: A diagnosis of a centrally maintained vestibulopathy secondary to a mild traumatic brain injury was confirmed by examination. Aberrant gaze fixation, saccades and pursuits were observed and confirmed by videonystagmography. A negative center of pressure with a rightward bias was recorded upon a Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems (CAPS) unit. The patient participated in a neurorehabilitation program that included off-vertical-axis-rotation vestibular rehabilitation, somato-sensory evoked potential stimulation of the right trigeminal system, times-one viewing gaze stabilization exercises, specific oculomotor rehabilitation therapies and application of low-level laser over the suboccipital musculature.

Results: The combination of treatment applications produced a profound reduction in all signs and symptoms.

Conclusion: This case of a mild traumatic brain injury showed significant improvements as a result of a multimodal neurorehabilitation regimen as described. The authors suggest further investigation into the mechanisms of the vestibular rehabilitation and brain-based approaches to patient treatment with mild traumatic brain injuries.

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