Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a growing public health concern around the world. According to the CDC, concussion is the most commonly diagnosed TBI in the U.S. It estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in our country each year. Bicycling, football, hockey, soccer, boxing, basketball, track, gymnastics, softball, baseball all rank high on the scale of concussion injuries.
On the other hand, concussion isn’t just a sports or recreational phenomenon. It can happen to anyone—old, young or in-between, active or sedentary. This type of brain damage can also occur as the result of a bomb blast, an accident, a simple fall or even being shaken. Anything that causes the brain to move inside the head can result in a concussion, whether by an indirect or a direct jolt or blow. The effects from this so-called minor form of TBI are usually temporary. Nonetheless, there is strong evidence that even mild or moderate concussion may alter brain function and produce memory and thinking problems for the long term.
The most common consequence of brain injury, however, is pituitary malfunction and subsequent hormone deficiency. Researchers have found that injury to the pituitary gland disrupts its ability to create or convey its hormones to receptors that exist throughout the brain and the rest of the body. Many studies conclude that the chronic symptoms of TBI, such as depression, anxiety, irritability, sleep disorders, pain and the learning and memory problems mentioned above, are identical to those of hormone deficiency. Scientists have, in fact, recommended hormone replacement therapy for concussion and other TBI patients who test deficient in key endocrine hormones.
SottoPelle® remains a leader in the treatment of those with TBI. NFL players like Jim McMahon, Paul Krause, Bobby Bell and many other SottoPelle® patients who suffer from the aftermath of brain injury have reported improved quality of life and relief from symptoms related to their hormone deficiencies.
Our unique method of BHRT uses low dose bioidentical hormones that bind to and communicate perfectly with appropriate receptors within the cells. When hormone deficiencies are restored to beneficial levels, as they are with SottoPelle® BHRT, significant progress can be made. Since TBI patients will need to be on hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives, it only makes sense to choose a therapy that supports health rather than putting it at further risk.