Acupuncture Treated Patient Who Received A Traumatic Brain Injury From A Snowboarding Accident Essay

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This case report illustrates the improvement of an acupuncture-treated patient who received a traumatic brain injury from a snowboarding accident. The patient progressed from initially not being able to walk, having difficultly with speech, and poor eyesight, to where he has now regained significant motor function, speech and vision and has returned to snowboarding. This case shows the beneficial effects of acupuncture when tailored to the patient’s condition. Through a core acupuncture protocol plus specific points added to address the patient’s ongoing concerns, a patient can make great advances. This case adds to the medical literature by demonstrating the wide reaching effects of acupuncture on traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment. Past studies have focused on medical services post-TBI with the use of acupuncture leading to increased cerebral blood flow and improvement with insomnia, but not an overall return to function. This case follows the significant progression of a patient from initial injury through subsequent acupuncture therapy over a four year period. Introduction The leading cause of death for people age 1-45 years old in North America is traumatic brain injury (TBI). With slightly higher prevalence in men and an increase in frequency before the age of 30, TBI is a significant cause of morbidity. TBI that occurs during adolescence and early adulthood can lead to increased challenges with physical, emotional, and mental function during recovery.

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