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Dr. Mark Allen PhD

Mark D. Allen earned a PhD in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University with post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience and Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Washington. He has 15 years of research and clinical experience in fMRI, with 22 publications in tier-1 peer-reviewed scientific journals, 3 book chapters, and dozens of presentations at scientific and professional conferences in neuroscience, neuroimaging, and neuropsychology. Having collected and analyzed fMRI data from over 1,000 experimental subjects and over 300 clinically-referred patients, Dr. Allen is a pioneer and expert in the development of fMRI for use in clinical settings.

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Concussions  |  Education & Resources  |  Healthy Food & Habits  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

Exercise After a Concussion: When Is It OK and What If It Makes You Feel Worse?

If you’ve recently suffered a concussion, you might be confused about when and how to return to exercise. Maybe you were told to avoid all physical activity until you feel better. But what if that time never comes?

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Education & Resources  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

Recovering from Post-Concussion Syndrome: What to Expect and How to Get the Most out of Treatment

Are you still experiencing post-concussion syndrome symptoms even after resting like your doctor recommended? If you’re frustrated, tired, and in pain because your concussion symptoms won’t go away, you’re not alone. 

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Brain Injury Awareness  |  Concussions  |  Education & Resources  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

Can an MRI Detect Post-Concussion Syndrome?

A regular MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) looks at brain structure and integrity. While it is helpful for diagnosing structural brain damage, it can’t often be used to detect post-concussion syndrome (PCS). However, a specialized form of MRI called functional neurocognitive imaging (fNCI) can detect PCS. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  Concussions  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment: Diagnosis, Therapy, Medications, and More

In post-concussion syndrome (PCS), a patient with a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) experiences persistent symptoms from the injury. The symptoms might last months, years, or even decades after the event if left untreated.

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Brain Safety & Care  |  Concussions  |  Education & Resources  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

50+ Medications for Concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What to Do Instead

Whenever we hold a new patient consultation, we discuss the medicine and supplements that patient has been taking for concussion symptoms. We see a variety of medications for concussion that doctors throughout the U.S. and Europe are prescribing. We also see if they’ve been helping or hindering our patients.

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Concussion Rehabilitation: Types of Therapy and How They Can Help You

If you notice symptoms after a concussion, it’s best not to wait to seek treatment. If you’re the type to “wait it out” and see if things get better, then we recommend waiting no longer than three months. After that, it is very unlikely your symptoms will improve, so it makes sense to pursue active rehabilitation of concussion and post-concussion syndrome (especially if those symptoms interfere with your everyday life).

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