New treatment options for Fort Carson soldiers that have mild traumatic brain injury?

New treatment options for traumatic brain injury are being tried upon as the incidence increases among soldiers. The Center for Neuro Skills has identified prismatic eyeglass lenses and states that the lenses are a potential treatment for headaches and dizziness in cases of brain injury. A 71. 8 percent reduction of post-concussive symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and to some extent anxiety, is reported with the use of these special prism lenses, according to a retrospective study conducted by four Michigan physicians.

Treatment for TBI involves a multifaceted approach and includes physical therapy, multiple medications, occupational therapy which takes years to complete and a rebound of symptoms can occur even after the period of medication. The center for Neuro Skills asserts that the Prismatic eyeglass lenses offer a quicker symptomatic relief with lessened side effects, and lower medication cost. However, there is no sufficient research to support the prismatic eyeglasses as the ultimate cure for mild TBI as there are so many complications involved with the condition and a combination of therapeutic interventions is required.

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An observational study of a cohort by Ruff, et al. (1071) studied sleep counseling and its therapeutic effect on soldiers with blast related mild TBI. 126 soldiers were observed of which only five had restful sleeps. A nine week period of sleep counseling and administration of oral prazosin was shown to bring restful sleep in 65 soldiers, and reduction of headaches, and generally an improvement in cognitive functioning.

Prazosin reduces incidences of night mares (Ruff, 1077). This study points to a further research on sleep therapy as a potential therapeutic intervention for soldiers with mild TBI and having cognitive and somatic symptoms. Zeitzer and Brooks (351) suggest that the first intervention step for soldiers suffering from mild TBI is to offer an appropriate rehabilitation place despite the nature of symptoms-cognitive, emotional or physical.

However, the best treatment intervention is coordinated through trained specialists or the regional centers for brain injury which normally host a cadre of clinicians and therapists who are capable of addressing the multifocal needs of the affected TBI soldier. The brain specialists involve neurologists who assess and propose treatments for acute head injuries. The Fort Carson health personnel send these soldiers to WTU for rehabilitation but the attention given to the problem is not as special as it is required.

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