Guidelines for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) and Persistent Symptoms

Click the image to download the guidelines (156 pages - PDF)

The Concussion Blog post Now This is a Possible Game Changer has just posted some pretty great news about recognizing and responding to TBI/concussion. The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation has produced “comprehensive, evidence-based, set of recommendations that broach all four parts of a concussion: physical, cognitive, sleep, and social/behavioral”.

This is important. Because up till now a lot of folks have been talking about TBI solely in terms of the physical OR cognitive OR sleep OR social/behavioral issues. Rarely have I found a professional organization addressing them all in one place.

I’m also very hopeful because this information comes from a neurotrauma foundation — the kind of information source that doctors and other healthcare professionals may just take seriously, instead of blowing off patients who have a host of issues and “complaints” that make no sense to them on the surface.

I just downloaded the full pdf of the guidelines yesterday, so I haven’t had a chance to go through it all, but from my skimming last night, it looks like there might be some good stuff in there. I hope to spend some time this weekend reading and digesting and writing about what they have to say.

Because as great as it is for there to be professional expansion on this, the fact remains that a whole lot of us folks “on the ground” don’t have access to good professional care, and sometimes the one hope/lifeline we have is online — the stories and information and interpretation of official information sources in language that we can actually understand. There’s a whole lot of science going on these days, but understanding it and getting what it all means is a different story. I hope to fill that gap a bit with my work on this site.

You can download the full PDF from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation here.

About brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who had falls and car accidents and sports-related injuries in 1972, 1973, 1982-83, 1995, and most lately 2004. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications for 35 of my 43 years. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained that injury at age 8… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.
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10 Responses to Guidelines for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) and Persistent Symptoms

  1. Éowyn says:

    Reblogged this on Éowyn Rides Again and commented:
    This does, indeed, look like a game-changer. Can’t wait to look through the PDF.

  2. Taking a lunch break now to read through it…. More to come

  3. Lydia H says:

    This looks good. I’ll have to print it. It may be a good resource to share with doctors, etc.

  4. Keep in mind, it’s 156 pages. You may not need to print out the whole thing — I think there’s a bunch of extra info at the back that might not be of interest to everyone.

  5. Reblogged this on The Fight of My Life: Living with TBI and commented:
    Very well written post with awesome information about ALL the symptoms we may continue to face years after injury/incident. My thanks to

  6. Thanks for your mention! I really appreciate it. The more (good) information we can get out there, the better.

  7. I’m happy to be able to share this with folks and I appreciate your bringing it to our attention. If it helps only one person, it’s worth it in my book. :) Have a good weekend.

    Blessings, Love & Peace,

  8. Reblogged this on Niltsi's Spirit and commented:
    Something many have to live their life with and never recognize the symptoms. Worth the reading and downloading the pdf booklet.

  9. This is sooo welcomed. I have a tribunal hearing in the next week, I shall be getting my partner to print out for referencing. The specialists here will no doubt turn their noses up & try & dismiss it/me. It’s my last attempt & justice :)

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