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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

Dr. Mark D. Allen holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University and received post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience and Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Washington. As a co-founder of Cognitive Fx, he played a pivotal role in establishing the unique and exceptional treatment approach. Dr. Allen is renowned for his pioneering work in adapting fMRI for clinical use. His contributions encompass neuroimaging biomarkers development for post-concussion diagnosis and innovative research into the pathophysiology of chronic post-concussion symptoms. He's conducted over 10,000 individualized fMRI patient assessments and crafted a high-intensity interval training program for neuronal and cerebrovascular recovery. Dr. Allen has also co-engineered a machine learning-based neuroanatomical discovery tool and advanced fMRI analysis techniques, ensuring more reliable analysis for concussion patients.

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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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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Recover from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning's Long-Term Effects

Recover from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning's Long-Term Effects

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can lead to severe long-term cognitive, physical, and behavioral symptoms, such as problems with memory, difficulty concentrating, balance issues, and mental health problems. Symptoms can continue even when the source of the gas is removed. Patients affected by CO poisoning can experience symptoms for months or even years after exposure. 

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Cognitive FX’s Long Haul COVID Treatment Protocol

Cognitive FX’s Long Haul COVID Treatment Protocol

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

Most patients with COVID-19 recover within a few days or weeks after a brief acute infection. However, about 10% experience long-term symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, and even psychological issues like depression and anxiety. Experiencing these persistent symptoms is known as long COVID, long-haul COVID or post-acute sequelae of SARS-Cov-2 infection (PASC). 

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fMRI vs. SPECT Scan for the Brain: Know Your Options

fMRI vs. SPECT Scan for the Brain: Know Your Options

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

If you’re struggling to recover after a brain injury, dealing with healthcare providers is often a frustrating process. Unless you have a clear, severe injury, they might be dismissive of your symptoms or just may not have enough treatment options to help you. Oftentimes, they’ll order an MRI or a CT scan.

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How Do You Know if You Have a Concussion?

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Dr. Mark Allen Ph. D.

If you’ve been reading about concussion diagnosis and symptoms and feel confused, that’s pretty normal. Most advice about concussions feels vague. It’s hard to know what applies to you. And if you’re like most patients, you may be second-guessing yourself and unsure whether to see a doctor after your injury.

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