Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, more commonly referred to as CTE, is a disorder that develops as a result of a traumatic brain injury. The condition is degenerative, meaning it gets worse over time. Basically, CTE is characterized by a protein that’s found in the brain known as Tau. This specific protein can kill brain cells and is the driving factor behind why CTE is degenerative.
As brain cells die, brain function decreases for CTE patients. This can result in a number of symptoms including memory loss, challenged cognition, impaired judgment, loss of focus, and confusion. Those diagnosed with CTE usually have a history of repeated brain trauma due to combat in the military, abuse, sports injuries, or vehicular accidents. Typically, symptoms begin for individuals in their early 20s to late 30s. However, there have been cases where individuals as young as 17 start showcasing symptoms of this condition.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for CTE. However, there are ways to manage symptoms and make life more comfortable for those affected. Alternative therapies may help to offer some symptom relief. But, overall, the best way to address CTE is to prevent head trauma in the first place.
While there is no cure for CTE, one alternative therapy is helping a number of diagnosed patients manage symptoms and even slow down brain cell deterioration. This is because ketamine blocks glutamate receptors, resulting in lower amounts of this neurotransmitter. Higher amounts of glutamate can affect memory and mood, which is the reason for a number of CTE symptoms. Ketamine infusion therapy uses the slow and controlled administration of ketamine. Once ketamine is present in the brain, glutamate levels decrease. And, so do the electrical responses of glutamate receptors, which is what causes brain cell damage CTE patients experience.
So, not only does ketamine infusion therapy help to reduce memory and behavior symptoms brought on by CTE, it can actually halt the damage done to the brain cells. This may allow CTE patients to experience higher functioning for longer periods. And, maintain a higher quality of life.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with CTE and are experiencing symptoms listed above? Have you tried alternative therapies, medications, and treatments to no avail? Consider ketamine infusion therapy at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services to experience the relief from CTE you need. Give us a call today at (925) 289-1430 to speak with one of our specialists.