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Consequences of Concussions

Posted on January 9, 2019

Former Atlanta Falcon Tom Green shocked the NFL and fans when he announced in November his recent diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Green’s revelation once again puts the question of a connection between ALS and football in the spotlight, as he joins other former professional football players and thousands of other Americans living with the same diagnosis.

ALS and the NFL

The former Falcon is not the first former pro to develop the disease. San Francisco’s Dwight Clark died as a result of the condition this summer at age 61, while former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason and Baltimore’s O.J. Brigance have fought the disease for years. Another former NFL player, Kevin Turner, who played for both the Patriots and Eagles, died at just 46 of ALS in 2016. Turner, who donated his brain to research, was found to have ALS caused by head-trauma-related chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.

CTE and ALS

What exactly is the connection between CTE and ALS? According to the ALS Association, recent research has shown a potential link between the two conditions because trauma to the brain that causes the development CTE can also produce the development of brain plaques, including tau protein. These brain plaques can cause otherwise normally functioning neural cells to malfunction by interrupting impulses as they travel through the brain.

These proteins have also been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions. According to the ALSA, 4 to 6 percent of CTE patients develop ALS.

Where Does Regenerative Medicine Fit in?

Regenerative treatment using personal cells fits into the ALS and CTE equation (and also Alzheimer’s disease and dementia treatment) because these cells can help reduce the inflammation caused by the plaques that develop as a result of traumatic brain injuries. When inflammation is reduced, the symptoms of these neurodegenerative conditions subside. Some individuals also experience a slowdown in disease progression. 

Personal cells help reduce inflammation because they have healing power to heal tissue that have become damaged by illness or injury.

Are you living with ALS, a traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and want to learn how personal cell therapy can help you? Learn more by calling 888-386-4751.

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