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Mind-Eye Institute vs. Cognitive FX for Concussion and TBI Treatment

Mind-Eye Institute vs. Cognitive FX for TBI & Concussion

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Andy Clower, ATC

Founded about 30 years ago by Dr. Deborah Zelinsky, the Illinois-based Mind-Eye Institute (formerly known as Mind-Eye Connection) specializes in treating patients with visual processing disorders related to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), such as stroke and concussion, learning disorders such as ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder, among other conditions. 

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Headache From Whiplash: Causes and Treatment Options

Headache From Whiplash: Causes and Treatment Options

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

If you’ve started getting headaches after you’ve suffered whiplash, you’re not alone. After neck pain, headaches are the second most common symptom from whiplash. Over 60 percent of patients have headaches immediately after their injury, and many continue to experience this symptom for months and even years afterward.  

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Simple Solutions for Memory Loss: Exercises & Strategies for Enhanced Cognitive Function

Simple Solutions for Memory Loss: Exercises & Strategies for Enhanced Cognitive Function

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Emily Peterson, MS, CCC-SLP
Memory loss is a common concern among individuals of all ages, ranging from mild forgetfulness to more serious cognitive decline due to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, there are various simple and effective solutions that can help improve overall cognitive function and quality of life. In this article, we will explore the importance of attention exercises in memory improvement, along with a range of encoding strategies and compensatory strategies to support memory retention and healthy brain function in daily life.
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UPMC Concussion Clinic vs. Cognitive FX for PCS Treatment

UPMC Concussion Clinic vs. Cognitive FX for PCS Treatment

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is a world-renowned healthcare provider and insurer with groundbreaking work in research, treatments, and clinical care. UPMC runs 40 hospitals and more than 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient centers, serving patients throughout western and central Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and around the globe.

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The Best Antidepressants for Post-Concussion Syndrome & Alternatives

The Best Antidepressants for Post-Concussion Syndrome & Alternatives

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Dr. Alina Fong Ph. D.

Perhaps this situation sounds familiar: Months ago, you got a concussion, and you’re still suffering from persistent symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, and brain fog. To make matters worse, your mood keeps sinking lower, it’s easy to lose patience with friends and family, and it’s hard to concentrate at work (if you’re still able to work at all). 

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Childlike Behavior After a Brain Injury: Causes and Treatment

Childlike Behavior After a Brain Injury: Causes and Treatment

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Dr. Alina Fong Ph. D.

After a concussion or other brain injury, your loved one may start exhibiting some behaviors that are considered inappropriate and childlike. They may be prone to crying (emotional lability), angry outbursts, impulsive behaviors, and more. It may seem like their words and behaviors are out of character or that they’re failing to understand and respect the feelings of others. 

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Post-Concussion Syndrome Care at Mayo Clinic vs. Cognitive FX

Post-Concussion Syndrome Care at Mayo Clinic vs. Cognitive FX

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

If you have post-concussion syndrome, you might think that the Mayo Clinic would be a serious contender as your treatment provider. After all, the Mayo Clinic is a world-renowned medical and research center with facilities in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. Patients have access to a wide range of medical specialties and healthcare options, with over 100 medical and surgical services available throughout the system. Their drive and dedication have earned them many top rankings in varied specialties, including endocrinology, gastroenterology, and cancer, to name just a few. 

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Amen Clinics vs Cognitive FX for Concussion and TBI Treatment

Amen Clinics vs Cognitive FX for Concussion and TBI Treatment

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

Very few clinics offer specialized treatment for post concussion syndrome (PCS). Cognitive FX specializes exclusively in treating the root causes of lingering post-concussion symptoms (as well as those caused by similar brain injury mechanisms, such as transient ischemic attack or carbon monoxide poisoning). Amen Clinics treats a wide variety of mental health disorders, emotional issues, and behavioral challenges, such as depression, anxiety, addictions, and anger. This article examines the differences in evaluation, treatment, support, and pricing of Amen Clinics vs. Cognitive FX for persistent symptoms of brain injury. 

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Recurring Concussion Symptoms: Causes and Treatment

Recurring Concussion Symptoms: Causes and Treatment

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

Despite the fact that your concussion was weeks (or months or even years) ago, you’re still experiencing symptoms. Maybe they’re ever-present reminders of an injury you’d rather forget, or maybe they come and go as you attempt to live your life as fully as you can. Either way, you’re still suffering. What’s going on, and what can you do about it?

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Concussion Symptoms Getting Worse? Here's Why & What to Do

Concussion Symptoms Getting Worse? Here's Why & What to Do

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

If you’ve suffered a concussion, you can usually expect to get better over the course of two weeks. (Concussions from sports injuries average 710 days, while recovery from concussions from other causes can take up to three months.) During this time, you might have your up and down days, but the upward trajectory should be there. Unfortunately, not all patients get better. In fact, up to 30% of post-concussion patients develop long-lasting symptoms. While those symptoms might stay stable, you could notice things getting worse instead of better.

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How Head Injuries Cause Vertigo Years Later

How Head Injuries Cause Vertigo Years Later

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Andy Clower, ATC

Vertigo is a common symptom after a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Most patients describe it as feeling like either the room is spinning or they are. Almost half of those who sustain a concussion report vertigo in the first few days after their injury. For most patients, this feeling dissipates within a few days or weeks at most, but for some, post-concussion vertigo persists for years after the trauma. 

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Head Injury Headache Years Later? Here Are Your Options

Head Injury Headache Years Later? Here Are Your Options

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms after a head injury (studies show 70% of mTBI patients experience them, though 84% of our patients report having them). They can develop after mild, moderate, or severe injuries. For many patients, the headaches develop for the first time shortly after the injury. For others, the injury causes pre-existing headaches, such as migraines, to worsen. 

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Identify Untreated Whiplash Symptoms & Start Your Recovery

Identify Untreated Whiplash Symptoms & Start Your Recovery

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Andy Clower, ATC

If left untreated, whiplash can cause long-term symptoms that are unlikely to go away on their own. Studies show that some patients recover within the first three months after their neck injury, but if they’re still experiencing symptoms past this period, improvement is unlikely without appropriate treatment. For example, hockey player Sidney Crosby suffered for months until doctors recognized untreated whiplash. Once he received appropriate treatment, he was able to continue with his career.

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The Long-Term Effects of Whiplash: Causes & Treatment

The Long-Term Effects of Whiplash: Causes & Treatment

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Andy Clower, ATC

Whiplash can cause physical and neurological damage that results in long-term symptoms. In addition, the same event that caused whiplash could also have caused a concussion. (The sudden motion can cause the brain to collide with the skull even if there is no external impact on the head.) Concussions can develop into post-concussion syndrome (PCS), with symptoms persisting for months or even years. 

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