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How do scientists get the word out about a new brain injury recovery study? For Helius Medical Technologies, the answer is to bring on Montel Williams and former NFL player Marvin Washington as spokesmen.
Veterans advocate and TV celebrity Montel Williams and former NFL player Marvin Washington are bringing the force of their combined personalities to brain injury awareness. They have partnered with the Brain Injury Association of America and Helius Medical Technologies to launch a new Public Service Announcement called “Tackling TBI“.
The PSA is designed to raise awareness of the health issues surrounding concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their goal is to provide patients and the general public with education and resources.
“Currently more than 5.3 million Americans in the U.S. live with a lifelong disability as a result of a TBI and there are 1.7 million new cases each year,” said Montel Williams. “Our goal is to ensure that the public at large understands the problem and that patients and caregivers understand where to go for resources that can help.”
Susan Conners, president and chief executive officer of BIAA said in a statement:
“We are proud to partner on the launch of this PSA initiative to raise awareness and understanding of brain injury. . . . A diagnosis of TBI can be the start of a misdiagnosed and misunderstood neurological disease. We need to continue to provide help, hope and healing for the millions of Americans who sustain this life-altering, sometimes devastating injury.”
Life-changing brain injuries can interrupt a person’s daily life and can be caused by anything from car accidents to sports injuries. Symptoms of the injury can include everything from headaches to loss of motor skills, and memory issues to seizures.
New treatments for TBI are being developed seemingly every week. But without test subjects, those treatments will never make their way to the public. Heluis also hopes the PSA will encourage brain injury survivors to sign up for its new clinical research trial.
The study is testing the viability of a device designed to improve balance in TBI patients. It uses mild electrical stimulation and physical therapy to treat people who suffered a concussion, head, or brain injury over 1 year ago, but still have trouble with balance.
Survivors can go to BrainInjuryTrial.com to see if they qualify. Qualifying patients can receive compensation if they agree to participate in the study.
TBI patients can get immense relief from their symptoms through prompt diagnosis and cutting edge treatments. They can help pay it forward to future survivors by participating in clinical tests to move the science of brain injury treatment forward.
David Christensen is a brain injury expert at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He helps TBI patients get their recovery costs covered after an auto accident. If you have suffered a serious head injury, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.