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Linking head trauma to the potential for developing dementia

If you happen to be involved in an accident in Bozeman in which you experience head trauma, you may count yourself lucky if all that comes out of it is a concussion or some other mild or moderate form of brain injury. Your opinion may be shared by many of those that we here at Cok Kinzler PLLP assist following such events. However you may also share in their surprise of hearing just how extensive the effects of such an injury may be.

Studies have shown that once you have sustained a concussion, the chances of your suffering subsequent concussions increases significantly. Most believe the symptoms of a concussion to be short-term. However, some concussion victims often report that they may struggle with memory lapses, attention deficits, and other cognitive issues long after having reportedly recovered.

Yet perhaps an even greater concern may be the potential long-term consequences that concussions or other moderate head injuries may force you to face. Recent research seems to suggest a link between head trauma and Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that elderly adults who have a history of moderate brain injuries are 2.3 times more likely to develop this condition than those who do not. Researchers believe that this may be due to the way that traumatic brain injuries alter the brain’s chemistry, specifically the hallmark brain proteins tau and beta amyloid (both of which may contribute to the development of dementia).

Having a suffered a brain injury in the past may not doom you to developing dementia in the future. However, knowing this potential beforehand may help you in preparing now for what could be to come. More information on the after effects of a brain injury can be found here on our site. 

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