Neurologist Dr. Spencer O. Miller uses MeRT treatment to address traumatic brain injury and serious concussions If your concussion is not healing, you might benefit from this treatment
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. An injury can also occur without a direct blow to the head, such as in an auto accident where the forces cause the head to move violently in one direction and then snap back in another direction. This causes the brain to be jostled around inside the skull and can also injure the brain.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Milder cases can cause a brief alteration in mental state. It is entirely possible for a person to have a TBI and not experience loss of consciousness, though in more moderate to severe cases, LOC usually does occur. Severe cases of TBI can result in long periods of unconsciousness or coma or death.
People with severe TBI have to be hospitalized, sometimes long-term. They may need rehabilitation for memory, learning, coordination, speech and other senses, and even for emotions. The injury can affect all aspects of a person’s life including their relationships, their ability to work again, or the ability to complete day to day activities.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary based on severity but can include:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Dilated pupils.
- Vision changes.
- Memory loss.
- Cognitive difficulties.
- Emotional responses which aren’t appropriate.
- Facial weakness or weakness in other parts of the body.
- Loss of control of bowel and/or bladder.
- Breathing problems.
- Numbness or tingling in any part of the body.
- Changes in hearing or ringing in ears.
- Anxiety and/or depression.
Sometimes traumatic brain injuries can cause a hematoma (blood clot within the brain) or can cause the brain to swell. The bruising of brain tissue (cerebral contusion) can also occur. If you suspect that you or someone else has experienced trauma to the brain, it is imperative to get to the emergency room as soon as possible for assessment. Often, damage can get worse after the brain injury happens which makes early intervention crucial.
For patients who have a moderate head injury, approximately 60% will make a positive recovery, and an estimated 25% will have moderately impaired function. The ones with severe injuries have moderate to severe disability. 33% of those with severe head traumas will not survive and the ones remaining might be left in a vegetative state. These statistics apply to closed head injuries.
Athletes are particularly prone to traumatic brain injuries. Elderly people are at higher risk for TBI because as they age, they become more prone to falls. Children and teens are also at higher risk because they are more active in sports and other physical activities.
The Center for Disease Control weighs in on childhood brain traumas:
MeRTSM Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
Here at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, Dr. Miller and his staff offer MeRT treatment protocols for traumatic brain injuries. MeRT is a unique and improved version of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), and is a much more individualized approach to brain modulation, and is tailored to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and power used. TMS modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil, however, it is important to note that TMS is a generalized approach to neuromodulation because it is only able to target a single location in the brain with a single frequency.
While the neuromodulation equipment used in the MeRT has been cleared by the FDA in the treatment of depression that has been resistant to medications, it may also be used off label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. These include traumatic brain injury and other brain disorders.
We perform a quantitative EEG before modulation treatment starts in order to determine exactly the frequency of your brain.
MeRT stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. MeRT It is a cutting edge treatment protocol which combines technologies of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA cleared therapy), Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments that are tailored for each individual’s unique brain pattern.
Most TMS treatments are used to deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency for all patients, however MeRT is more evolved. It is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on an initial thorough testing and evaluation. This customized, scientific approach is unique to each patient.
The patient’s initial testings are analyzed very carefully as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Through this detailed analysis we are able to determine the correct neural synchronization. This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. Patients have reported feeling significant clinical improvements.*
Treatment for TBI usually lasts 4-weeks. Appointments are 30-45 minutes in length, Monday through Friday. Generally the patient will begin to notice improvements during the first week. Once treatment is completed, there is not usually a need for any follow up treatment for traumatic brain injury. *
Dr. Miller’s Personal Experience with Traumatic Brain Injury
Our very own Dr. Miller at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, had an interesting experience with his own traumatic brain injury, and in fact, was the catalyst for him to change the course of his career and open the Brain Treatment Center in Dallas. MeRT treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury is still in review with the FDA, however approval is expected by early 2020.
He was first approached by another physician who introduced him to the MeRT protocol. Dr. Miller was a bit skeptical but agreed to go to the training center in July, 2018 to California to learn more about the treatment.
As part of his training, he was required to go through MeRT himself. After his initial EEG, the technicians pointed out to him that he had a traumatic brain injury on the scan. This completely threw Dr. Miller for a loop because he did not recall having a TBI, and he had undergone MRIs in the past which did not show any injury. The staff in California asked Dr. Miller to call his mother to see if she remembered his having any type of head injury. As soon as he posed the question to his mother, she answered YES, and told him that he had a skateboarding injury at the age of 9 when he fell and hit the right side of his head.
She said that his head was swollen like a balloon on the right side, and that he was down for two solid weeks. Dr. Miller had no memory of this occurring. When he looked at the EEG, he noted that the right frontal lobe of his brain was operating in the delta frequency, which is the frequency that normally occurs during deep sleep. The rest of his brain waves were normal, in the Alpha frequency, which occurs when the patient is awake but has his eyes closed (like he was when the EEG was completed). He was shocked to find out that that part of his brain had been turned “off” for all of those years.
After undergoing the MeRT himself, the EEG showed that the right frontal lobe that was previously turned off began to function and awaken again. He noticed that he was able to think more clearly, was no longer depressed and was less anxious, and his sleep drastically improved. His family and students began to comment on how much his demeanor and mood had changed.
While in California, Dr. Miller was also able to interact with another patient who had severe autism and saw what the treatment was able to do for this child. It was these two experiences that led him down a different career path, and it is his mission to get the word out about the incredible things that this treatment can do for so many different brain disorders and how it can change people’s lives! He opened the Brain Treatment Center Dallas in 2018 so that he can help others heal. Click here for more information about Dr. Miller.
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When many patients come to see us, they have lost hope as they don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. It’s rewarding as a practitioner to be able to help so many people realize a much better “normal” and a greatly improved quality of life.
If you have questions or would like to discuss our Treatment Protocols, we offer a Free Consultation by phone. Our New Patient Coordinator will take the time to listen and explain. She is able to answer most questions and discuss our protocols, scheduling, fees and other information. She is happy to assist you in any way she can.
Please call us to get more information about how our clinic and Dr. Miller may be able to help you with your health goals and to schedule an an initial screening to see if MeRT may be an option.
Brain Treatment Center Dallas, as with all of our clinics, is an out of network provider and not covered by insurance. If you have a PPO type of plan with out of network benefits, it is possible that you could get reimbursed for some of your costs of treatment or have it go toward your deductible. It really depends on the type of plan you have. We can provide you with the paperwork that contains the diagnostic and CPT codes that you can submit for possible reimbursement with your insurance company.
Starting as a New Patient
When you start as a new patient at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, you will initially need two appointments, approximately two days apart. Both appointments will be about an hour in length. These appointments will be used to determine if Dr. Miller feels you can truly benefit from the MeRTSM [Magnetic e-Resonance Treatment] Program and, if so, to develop a tailored treatment plan based on your test results. Once you have done the testing and Consultation, you are not obliged to begin treatment. This is something that you will determine once you have seen your test results and consulted with Dr. Miller.
At the first appointment, we will go over your reasons for seeking help, your medical history, your health goals, and all of your symptoms. You will then begin initial testing, which will involve an EEG and an EKG. These are both completely painless and easy and are done right in our office. Your information and test results are then sent over to our scientific and clinical teams, who will carefully analyze the results and determine current state and functioning of the brain together with Dr. Miller.
We use a patented, scientific approach with the neurophysiological data gathered through testing to then develop a highly customized treatment plan that is aimed at encouraging healthy brain communication and function.
At your second appointment, you will meet with Dr. Miller for a Consultation. He will discuss your test results and whether or not he and our scientific team feel that results may be achieved for you through our treatment protocol. This appointment will also serve to answer any additional questions you may have. After that second appointment, Dr. Miller will lay out your individualized treatment plan and the protocols to be followed for best results. At that point you may discuss fees, length of treatment and schedules, and then decide whether to go forward and schedule your treatment.
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*The Results shown are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on individual user and are not guaranteed.