Functional Neurology Diplomat and Traumatic Brain Injury/Vestibule Fellowship programs at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies under Dr. Ted Carrick. The Carrick Institute has garnered worldwide acclaim as the premier neurological rehabilitation provider.
Daniel has written articles for numerous publications and has recently completed his first book project as a contributor to the Childhood in America series by Praeger Publishing. He serves on the board of the Headstrong Foundation, a concussion education and advocacy group, lectures on rehabilitation, and speaks at clinics, schools, hospitals, and senior’s homes.
Daniel is currently conducting postgraduate research with Neuro Research, a medical education company that focuses on neurotransmitter optimization through Organic Cation Transporters (OCT).
Carrick Institute: www.carrickinstitute.com
EMPWR foundation: website coming soon
Definition of a “Concussion”
The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as; a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary, but can include headaches and problems concentrating, memory lapse, troubles with balance and coordination.
The article on Post-Concussion Syndrome we reviewed in The Gazette
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The textbook definition of a concussion is an injury to the head resulting in an “alteration of brain function,” with physical and emotional side effects.
Question: Since you have a different experience dealing with concussions than most family doctors and clinicians, what would you add to this definition?
Daniel: Concussions do not always result from impact to the head. They can also result from impact to body with forces transmitted to the head.
Question: Can you describe the evolution of the concussion, from your experience?
In the evolution of the injury, it is important to consider that sometimes symptoms don’t kick in until a day or two later but it’s still a concussion. Effects do not have to be immediate.
It is also important to consider that the resulting issues of a concussion do NOT have to be local to the head. The patient could feel his or her shoulder freezing up and even the most experienced clinicians would not know that it was due to a “brain” issue.
Question: Can you give our audience a perspective on the climate and “standard operating procedures” (so to speak) medical professionals carry out when dealing with a concussed individual today?
Daniel: Having worked with many pro athletes in canada, USA and Europe over the last 10 years, most are NOT using TCA’s. I’m not saying that it’s never been done, but it’s becoming less and less frequent. The reason they are so frequently used today is because they do not work. I have had many patients hop from TCA’s to SSRI’s, to SNRI’s, to cognitive aids such as Modafanil, and in my experience, they just don’t work. We are NOT simply chemical beings. If we were, a pill-only strategy may work. But thankfully we are organic creatures with complex and dynamic bodies – patterns of electrical energy operating like the Boston Philharmonic.
Article: For this talk, we both read a popular article published in the “Gazzete Review” – a Minneapolis newspaper, titled: “Post-Concussion Syndrome Facts and New Information.” It’s important to note that the author was an Allied Health worker with 3 years of hospital experience.
Question: The author of this article states that, and I quote, “There is no real treatment available for the condition.” – Referring to Post-Concussion Syndrome. In your experience, would you say this is accurate? If not, can you explain?
In the article, the author writes; “There is no real treatment available for the condition”