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University researchers study concussions, seeking answers

A concussion can occur in many different ways, but one of the most common causes is a vehicle crash.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee want more answers about concussions and their effects on the human body, so they can develop a more effective treatment for adverse consequences.

A common occurrence

Because of its frequency, mild traumatic brain injury is a public health concern. A concussion often happens as the result of a vehicle crash, even a minor collision that occurs at low speed because the head, neck and spine of the victim absorb most of the impact. Although mild in nature compared to other forms of TBI, a concussion can produce long-lasting, detrimental effects on memory and mood as well as sensory and motor function. Post-traumatic stress disorder is one outcome because of the depression, anxiety and irritability associated with cases of PTSD.

UT studies

The concussive impact that damages the brain in a vehicle accident can also damage the spinal cord, which is responsible for transmitting impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. Consequently, the victim of a crash could experience motor impairment, with loss of feeling and movement in the limbs, one of the results of a concussion that researchers at the University of Tennessee study. Their research looks specifically at neuron loss, neuroinflammation and injury to axons, or nerve fibers, that carry information to neurons, muscles and glands.

Long-term effects

The UT researchers tested various forms of therapy designed to improve the recovery from the motor, sensory and neuropsychiatric issues resulting from mild traumatic brain injury in an effort to end the sometimes life-altering, long-term consequences of concussion.

Helping you cope

People often associate concussion with a sport such as soccer or football. However, it can happen in a moment while driving on U.S. 64 or stopped at a Lawrenceburg intersection. While university researchers continue their quest for answers and innovative treatment, you can rely on an experienced advocate who can provide successful representation in an accident claim and assist in your financial recovery from a mild traumatic brain injury.