A brain injury is always a serious matter. When it comes to the brain, medicine is not as advanced in treatment as it is with other parts of the body. There is still a lot of research going on to study the brain and how it heals. After an accident in North Carolina where your child suffers a brain injury, you may wonder about less common treatment options.
There are many traditional treatments that your child may go through, but if doctors do not seem to know how to heal your child, then you may want to research the effects of omega-3 fatty acids, often found in fish oil as well as other sources. Psychology Today explains there has been encouraging research into the use of omega-3s to treat injuries of the brain.
How they work
Studies have shown that omega-3s can help reduce inflammation in the brain. They also impact the overall health of the brain. This includes strengthening it, which can help prevent future brain injuries. For these reasons, when treating a patient with brain injuries, doctors may recommend high doses of omega-3s.
The biggest issue with using omega-3s to treat brain injuries is that it is not a practice fully embraced by traditional medicine. Because of this, you may have trouble finding a doctor who is willing to prescribe this line of treatment. Thus far most of the uses have been in research cases, but some of these studies have shown promising results. Patients thought to have little chance of recovery have sometimes experienced progress while undergoing these treatments.
When it comes to using omega-3s in a treatment plan, a doctor typically will not rely on only them to heal the patient. Traditional treatments, diet and therapy will likely all be part of the plan to provide a well-rounded approach. In any event, you can always discuss this treatment option with your child’s doctors.