Advancements in Neurotrauma Care

Tuesday, April 28
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: 259AB; BCEC

Fee: $100
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $100
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $100

Director(s): Marianne E. Langlois, MS, PA-C

Assistant Director(s): Christi DeLemos, RN, NP

Faculty: Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F; Brandon P. Lucke-Wold, MD; Aliyah Snyder, PhD

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Traumatic Brain Injury: Conventional treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI), in particular the secondary injury cascade that occurs after initial brain trauma, has suboptimal success rates in many patients. Patients, families and healthcare professionals are increasingly turning to alternative medicine treatments in an attempt to improve patient outcomes after TBI. Functional medicine, is increasing in popularity and acceptance. It combines conventional treatment methods with complementary, holistic and nutritional therapies. This session discusses the functional medicine approach to TBI and includes discussion on music therapy, nutritional support, exercise, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and various other alternative treatments available.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the secondary injury cascade that occurs after initial brain trauma and the difficulty in effectively treating the process.
  • Identify the definition of functional medicine and describe the various treatment methodologies available to patients with TBI.
  • Describe the foundation of neuroscience research that supports neurologic music therapy interventions and explain how interventions can be implemented in TBI rehabilitation for the improvement of movement, language and cognition.
  • Describe how nutritional support, including the use of special diets and supplements, may benefit the patient with TBI.
  • Discuss the role of exercise and its effect on brain physiology in TBI and how other alternative treatments may be incorporated into a patient's treatment plan, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, meditation and mindfulness practices and neurobio feedback.