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Concussion Rescue Program

Designed by Daniel Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics and
consultant on Will Smith’s Movie “Concussion”

Testing, Teamwork, Treatment: 3 Steps to Get Your Life Back

Suffering from a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be life-changing. But with the integrative 3-step Concussion Rescue Protocol from Amen Clinics, which includes the most advanced brain imaging technology and innovative solutions, you can heal your brain, overcome your symptoms, and get your life back.

“Mild TBIs are a major cause of psychiatric problems, but very few people know it.”
— Dr. Daniel Amen

The Concussion Rescue Protocol Has Already Helped:
NFL Players, Championship Boxers, and Thousands of People

Professional football players, boxers, soccer players, big-wave surfers, skateboarders, and other high-profile athletes have already rehabilitated their brain health and enhanced their quality of life with our Concussion Rescue Protocol. So have everyday kids, teens, and adults who have experienced a head injury—even a mild one that didn’t cause a concussion or loss of consciousness—due to vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, blows to the head, violence, explosive blasts, or combat wounds. If you want to join the thousands of people who have already improved their cognitive function, psychological well-being, and behavior, our powerful 3-step Concussion Rescue Protocol can help. The basics of our protocol have been rigorously tested in the world’s largest study on retired NFL players with TBIs, conducted at Amen Clinics, which produced improvements in brain activity and cognitive function.

40% of Amen Clinics patients have experienced a significant TBI before seeking our help.
“Watch and wait and take Tylenol for a headache.”
— The worst advice after a concussion

Our Integrative Concussion Rescue Protocol

The Concussion Rescue Protocol is a 3-step process that is built on Testing, Teamwork, and Treatment, and it can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

Step 1: Comprehensive Assessments

We take a whole-person approach to diagnosing TBIs. It starts with your brain. Unlike traditional psychiatry that rarely looks at the organ it treats, at Amen Clinics, we look at the brain. With our advanced brain imaging, we can detect underlying patterns associated with TBIs—even if they happened decades earlier—as well as other conditions that often co-exist with head injuries. We also look at other factors that may be contributing to your symptoms, so we can address all of your needs. Our testing protocol includes:

  • Brain SPECT imaging
  • Detailed clinical history
  • Psychological and cognitive testing
  • Diagnostic lab tests (when necessary)

Step 2: Meet Your Specialist

We take a whole-person approach to diagnosing TBIs. It starts with your brain. Unlike traditional psychiatry that rarely looks at the organ it treats, at Amen Clinics, we look at the brain. With our advanced brain imaging, we can detect underlying patterns associated with TBIs—even if they happened decades earlier—as well as other conditions that often co-exist with head injuries. We also look at other factors that may be contributing to your symptoms, so we can address all of your needs. Our testing protocol includes:

Step 3: Target Solutions

At Amen Clinics, we understand that no two brains—and no two brain injuries—are alike. That’s why a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment will never work. Our Concussion Rescue Protocol treatment options are personalized for your individual needs and may include the following solutions:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
  • Neurofeedback
  • Hormone Evaluation and Replacement
  • Targeted Nutraceuticals

What is a Concussion or TBI?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is any disruption of healthy brain functioning due to a bump, blow, blast, or other injury to the head. Having a “mild TBI” or “mild concussion” is misleading because it implies it won’t cause lasting damage, which is not the case. You don’t need to black out or be diagnosed with a concussion to experience lasting cognitive, psychological, or behavioral issues.

Common Causes of Head Injuries:

  • Falls
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Violence
  • Sports injuries
  • Explosive blasts/combat injuries

TBI Facts

  • Head injuries are a major cause of mental illness
  • Most mild traumatic brain injuries go undiagnosed
  • TBIs can cause mental health symptoms years after the injury
  • Concussions can cause major hormonal imbalances
  • Brain injuries are often mislabeled as ADHD
  • You don’t have to black out to have a brain injury
  • Having 1 concussion increases the risk of future concussions
  • There are over 2 million new head injuries in the U.S. every year
  • The number of concussions is rising, especially among children and teens
  • People who suffer a TBI are 4 times more likely NOT to report their symptoms
“HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY HAS BEEN CALLED THE CLOSEST
THING TO A MAGIC BULLET TO HEAL THE BRAIN AFTER A TBI”

TBI Signs and Symptoms

Physical

  • Nausea
  • Vision problems
  • Balance problems
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to noise and/or light

Cognitive

  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty with word finding
  • Mental fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or paying attention

Psychological

  • Moodiness
  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Behavioral

  • Angry outbursts
  • Poor judgment
  • Risky behavior
  • Impulsivity
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

When to seek treatment

If you’re experiencing any lingering symptoms or aren’t responding to traditional treatment for your symptoms, it’s worth investigating if an underlying TBI could be the root cause of your issues.

WHEN TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Feeling dazed
  • Feeling confused
  • Seizure
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
“The biggest lie that doctors tell you about brain
injuries is that there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Myths and Misconceptions

Lie #1: There is nothing more that can be done.

Truth: There are many things a person can do to heal from a concussion. Telling someone there’s nothing that can be done is like an invitation to wallow in misery. Even worse, it can lead the way to bad lifestyle habits that actually intensify feelings of anxiety, depression, and anger; make it harder to focus; and increase sleep disturbances.

Lie #2: Healing happens over time.

Truth: Time does not necessarily heal all wounds. Although rest and high-quality sleep are important, rest alone is not always enough to heal. This advice causes people to simply sit back and wait for the healing process to occur rather than taking a pro-active approach. This means you spend more time feeling bad rather than getting on the road to feeling better.

Lie #3: If healing doesn’t occur over time, you can take stimulants to help with brain function, antidepressants for mood swings, and muscle relaxers for sore muscles.

Truth: Stimulant medications, antidepressants, and muscle relaxers are not necessarily the best solutions, and in some cases, they can exacerbate symptoms. Healing from a concussion is possible, but because brain injuries are complex, the solution must encompass more than just popping pills. By following a TBI rescue program that takes a comprehensive brain-body approach, you can accelerate the healing process, even if an injury occurred years earlier. It’s never too late to start healing from a TBI.

Concussion Myth: Don’t sleep after a head injury.

Reality: The brain needs rest after a concussion.

Concussion Myth: Head trauma kills brain cells.

Reality: Brain cells may just be dormant, waiting to be awakened.

POTENTIAL RISKS OF UNTREATED TBI

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Memory problems
  • Impaired judgement
  • Substance abuse
  • Ability to sleep
  • Legal issues
  • Relationship issues

Don’t Suffer Anymore

If you or someone you love is struggling with symptoms that may be associated with concussion, don’t wait to seek professional help. To learn more, contact us today!

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