Alzheimer’s and Head Trauma

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s reduces a person’s memory, thinking abilities, and behavior. This disease is degenerative and gets worse over time. Even though the greatest risk for Alzheimer’s is aging, it is not a normal aging process. The majority of people who develop the disease are 65 years and older.
The past couple of decades have improved research for dementia and traumatic brain injury research. Researchers have found a link between moderate-severe traumatic brain injury to increased rates of Alzheimer’s development and other forms of dementia.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we encourage all of our patients to take preventative measures for their brain safety at all avenues of their lives. Understanding the link between a brain injury and dementia can benefit the adventure seekers who do not seek head safety thus far.
One study found that adults with a history of a traumatic brain injury were 2.3 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than adults without a history of head injury. Adults who have sustained a severe traumatic brain injury were nearly double that likelihood, with 4.5 times more likely to develop dementia.
Though many researchers, scientists, and physicians agree with these findings, other studies suggest that the head injuries and dementia are not linked. There isn’t actually any evidence that directly says a single head injury increases a person’s risk of dementia. New research suggests the repeated or more severe head injuries lead to increased risk.
The newest batch of research says that sports such as football, hockey, boxing, and soccer, may be linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of dementia. CTE can only be diagnosed postmortem, but researchers are trying to determine ways to diagnose the disease sooner.
Depending on the kind of dementia, physicians can determine the treatment plan based on the history of traumatic head injuries. Researchers are continuing research on better treatment plans with patients who have both a history of head injuries, and developing dementia.
ONE Brain and Spine Center offers assistance to the residents of Irvine and surrounding California areas. Dr. Burak Ozgur has integrated his practice to better assist his patients. For more information about Alzheimer’s, dementia, and traumatic brain injuries, visit the Alzheimer’s Association here: http://www.alz.org/dementia/traumatic-brain-injury-head-trauma-symptoms.asp#dementiaandinjury.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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