An Emerging Treatment for TBI and Concussions That is Getting Great Results
TBIs and Concussions can occur in varying severity and can cause short and long term effects, both mental and physical. Our Treatment is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment called MeRT, which stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy.
Do You Have A Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion?
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as:
“A blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. An injury can also occur without a direct blow to the head, such as in an auto accident where the forces cause the head to move violently in one direction and then snap back in another direction. This causes the brain to be jostled around inside the skull and can also injure the brain.Suffering a closed head injury can produce symptoms that range from mild to severe, based on the degree of damage that was done to the brain. While it’s possible for a person to experience a TBI to not have a loss of consciousness, in moderate to severe cases, LOC does usually happen. More severe cases of traumatic brain injuries often can result in coma or even death.”
Traumatic brain injuries are also common in athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, and experience multiple “head hits.” These hits affect the brain, and over time, the damage becomes cumulative, resulting in post concussive disorder. Members of the military are also commonly affected too. Traumatic brain injury for these folks can occur by direct hits or injuries to the head, but also by repeated exposures to the forces of “blast injuries.”
For those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, hospitalization is often needed, sometimes long-term. These patients will often need other therapies to assist with regaining memory, learning skills, coordination and physical function, speech, and coping mechanisms. Brain injuries are complex and can affect many different aspects of a person’s life including their emotions and the ability to think clearly. Some people are unable to work again or complete day to day activities.
I’m back! My TBI turned me into someone I barely recognized. I was depressed, mean, and short-tempered. I pushed through life filled with frustration and a deep sense of sadness that this was it. I just had to keep pushing through life with an overwhelming tiredness. I’m so glad I was wrong. I think my direct reports and family are even more thankful. This treatment changed everything, and I am forever thankful.” – 41-year old male with TBI, Executive, Nov 2017
Long Term Effects of TBI and Concussions
Treatment is important. A Traumatic Brain Injury if untreated can lead to shortened life span and significant complications. According to the Journal of Neurotrauma:
“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) produces both acute and more chronic consequences that lead to permanent disabilities that increase long-term mortality and reduced life expectation.”
The Journal goes on to explain that untreated TBI can result in various secondary pathological conditions, including seizures, sleep disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, endocrine dysregulation, and psychiatric problems.
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The Brain Treatment Center Can Help You Recover from Your Head Injury
Patients who are suffer from conditions such as Depression, PTSD, Concussion, Anxiety, and more, have markers that are visible in their EEG studies. MeRT(sm) is a treatment protocol that has evolved from TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). TMS is still used by some clinics to treat depression, however, TMS is more of a one-size fits all” type of treatment because it’s only able to target a single location in the brain with one frequency. MeRT, through the use of quantitative EEG is able to see EXACTLY what is going on in your brain, and individualize treatment for each patient based on their exact needs. Once your qEEG is completed, you will be able to SEE the dysregulation on your study.
Because treatment is customized specifically for you, this can lead to significant clinical improvements, and many of our patients are able to feel better, and go off of their medications!
This treatment is a very safe and gentle therapy. MeRT is a cutting edge treatment process that combines TMS, a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG) and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments that are tailored for each individual’s unique brain pattern.
The MeRT process is much more evolved than standard TMS treatments since it is not a “one size fits all” approach, and is highly individualized as to both frequency and location. This scientific approach is unique to each person.
In the ensuing months after the concussion I just wasn’t myself… My academics began to suffer as well. I didn’t feel right. My EEG showed me that something had physically changed with how my brain functioned. After three days of treatment, I felt substantially better. After two weeks, I felt like I did before my injury. MeRT was life changing.” – 21-year old female with TBI, Collegiate Soccer Player, Jan 2019
Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion Causes Altered Activity of Neural Circuits
New research is confirming that factors resulting from a concussion do cause changes in brain function to include altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
MeRT is customized to each individual’s needs based on the results of the EEG and EKG. The treatment protocol is tailored based on the location, frequency, and amount of power used by the magnet. This technology works by using a magnetic coil to neuromodulate the brain’s electrical activity. A quantitative EEG is performed on each patient in order to determine the exact frequency of the brain. These results are then reviewed and evaluated by our clinicians, Dr. Julie Kim and Dr. Sandy Lee so that the treatment is specific to each patient’s unique condition and optimized for the best possible results.
I’m two or three months past my last treatment and I can honestly say that my brain is in a better place than it was before. The emotional highs and lows that I was living with have been stabilized. My cognition took off during that period (of treatment) and it hasn’t slowed down since.”
– Nick Hardwig, Retired NFL Center, Chargers
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Depending on the severity of your injury, symptoms can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Dilated pupils and vision changes
- Memory problems
- Cognitive decline
- Inappropriate emotional responses
- Feeling of isolation
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Facial weakness
- Weakness or loss of function in other parts of the body
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Breathing problems
- Numbness and tingling in different parts of the body
- Loss of hearing or tinnitus
Often a traumatic brain injury can cause brain swelling, hematoma (blood clot), or bleeding within the brain which can be life-threatening. A person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury or concussion of any kind should be taken to the emergency room as soon as possible, even if loss of consciousness is not experienced. Early intervention is crucial to help avoid complications and to avoid the injury worsening.
There are people who are at higher risk for brain injuries including athletes, the elderly (because they are at higher risk for falls), and children and teenagers who are involved in physical-type activities.
Athletes in particular can suffer repeated hits or injuries to the brain and the effects of those can be cumulative over time. The full degree of symptoms may present later on as the brain begins to deteriorate.
If you are interested in learning more about MeRT and how it can help with recovery of your brain injury, you don’t have to decide anything right away.
We understand that you might not have heard about MeRT before, and as a result, may feel uncertain as to whether or not this treatment may be right for you. To take the first step, all you need to do is contact our New Patient Coordinator for an easy phone conversation. She can answer your questions, and you can discuss the symptoms you are experiencing. We will go over protocols and fees, and give you a better understanding of what to expect from treatment.
After speaking with our New Patient Coordinator, if you would like for further explore treatment, we will set you up first for your EEG/EKG, followed by a consultation with Dr. Lee. Both of these appointments take about 45-minutes. Dr. Lee can go over your results with you,and even show you a copy of your EEG which will show you exactly where in YOUR brain dysregulation is occurring.
At the first appointment, our neuro-technician will perform a EEG and an EKG. Both are simple, painless and non-invasive tests to see exactly what is happening in your brain. At the second appointment, a few days later when your test results are in and have been analyzed, you will have a one on one consultation with the doctor. If you are unsure whether MeRT is the treatment for you, Dr. Lee can go over your results and let you know how MeRT can benefit you. There is no hard sales pitch, and no obligations.
Should you decide to move forward with treatment, we will schedule you first for an assessment period of treatment to see how you respond. This assessment is 2-weeks long. During the first week, you will attend treatment Monday – Friday, and the second, will attend Monday – Thursday. On that final Friday, we will repeat the qEEG/EKG and will be able to show you how you are responding. By this time, you will have begun to feel some changes taking place as well.
If you are responding well to treatment, we recommend an additional four to six weeks of treatment to realize the full benefits from MeRT, and for the treatment to be long-lasting.
MeRT Featured on “Broken Brain” Podcast by Dr. Mark Hyman
Dr. Mark Hyman is an esteemed functional medicine physician and best-selling author. He founded the Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine clinic and oversees the famous podcast called “The Broken Brain.” MeRT was featured on one of the episodes for treatment of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Concussions. Major Depression Disorder and suicidal tendencies are also discussed.
Dr. Erik Won from the Brain Treatment Center here in California was interviewed and spoke extensively about the MeRT technology and its utilization to treat veterans who have suffered these conditions after coming back from war, along with the many successes in treatment that have been realized.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We can provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment so that you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they would provide you with any reimbursement. Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Some patients have reported that they have been able to receive some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations, as well as treatment when treating Major Depressive Disorder, depending on their health coverage. Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement for MeRT.
We take all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Care Credit is also an option to assist in financing medical expenses. Care Credit is a separate company than The Brain Treatment Center Newport Beach, and is a credit card that can be used to cover medical expenses and services. Usually, when you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will let you know if you are approved very promptly.
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It’s normal for patients and their families who are affected by brain disorders to feel frustrated and isolated, and many have lost hope that there is any relief in sight. MeRT is a treatment protocol that has helped patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again. We understand what you are going through, and our goal is to help guide you through the process so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child.
Many of our clinicians and technicians have gone through MeRT treatment protocols themselves and have realized first hand what the treatment has done for them, and as a result, are passionate about helping others to heal too.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer any questions that you may have about how MeRT can help you specifically. She’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist in getting you scheduled with the clinic should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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