In 2007, the Department of Defense spent over 100 million dollars on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research. A portion of those funds went toward pharmaceutical initiatives to try to find a medical cure for brain trauma. And while over 30 clinical trials and animal studies have been conducted, drug developers have yet to create a pill to treat concussions.
“There’s no pill to stop neurons from dying. No treatment to prevent inflammation in the brain. Nothing to pull patients more quickly out of the fog that can descend after a concussion,” Cassandra Willyard writes in her article for STATnews.com. Not even the highly anticipated progesterone studies from 2014 have revealed any promising leads.
Why Can’t Concussions be Cured by Medication?
The brain is a vast mystery among scientists; the functionality of cells and molecules are being studied and discovered everyday. Therefore, having a grasp on brain recovery is still very new category of research. As Willyard’s article states, a patient with a traumatic brain injury might be prescribed drugs to reduce brain swelling, but these drugs seemingly have no effect on regaining cognitive or motor skills.
The problem lies in the fact that the intricacies of the brain are so delicately balanced, that when a trauma knocks them out of place, it takes more than the function of a pill to restore the balance. In other words, the labs have not come up with a pill that can shift and realign the components of organs.
Concussion Complications on the Brain
Another consideration is that concussion injuries are often spread throughout the brain, not just in one area. Bruising, tearing, and stretching can occur as well as inner bones jolting out of place. Drug studies typically don’t focus on these individualized situations. They group study participants together and treat all brain injuries the same.
Trials and Tribulations
As stated on STATnews.com, These drug trials have no real way to measure results, so they rely on patients to fill out a questionnaire. Patients then grade their responses to the best of their ability. Questions like “Is the patient able to work?” is graded on an eight-point scale with no option to explain their answers further.
This results in skewed data because patients have no way of describing their situation. A patient might not be working at that time period due to another bodily injury obtained at the same time as the concussion. However, on the questionnaire it appears that the patient is not working because of the concussion itself.
Alternative Concussion Treatments
For patients battling the lasting symptoms of a TBI, a pill might not be the answer in this lifetime. But there is a treatment alternative that works to restore brain functionality after an injury– It’s called cranial movement therapy. Simkovich Concussion Institute uses this treatment method to maneuver the cranial bones back to their original positions.
This correction restores the natural rhythm of bone movement within the skull, which reinstates the normal cerebrospinal fluid flow and circulation. Concussion victims that don’t receive cranial movement therapy are susceptible to “second concussion syndrome.” Their symptoms will continue to worsen overtime.
For more information on cranial movement therapy and how it can help your concussion, schedule a free phone consultation, today!