Dr. James Kelly talks about how a lot of people were interested in concussion in the 1980s. It's taken a long time, but more and more people have come on board with the view that brain injury is an important issue. This change is leading to more developments in the diagnosis and treatment of mTBI.
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My career started with very few people being interested in concussion at all. So back in the late '80s, when I started working in this and writing about it, not uncommonly there were more of us on a panel in an auditorium of neurologists than there were neurologists in the in the seats to hear us. So I'm really very pleased with ... it took a long time, but I'm very pleased with where we've gotten to over the years with more and more people coming on board with the idea that concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury as it's often called as well, really is a problem. And for a lot of people, not everybody gets better and there are things we can do to help those individuals. This nihilistic idea of, there's nothing to do, you know. It's just a watch and wait, is just not true. And it took a lot of really smart people that ... to teach me how it is that you help these individuals. My job was mainly to identify the problem and to push for a variety of different treatment approaches. Once we understood what the nature of the problem was. That's happening. I'm ... I'm very pleased with the way that ... that trajectory has occurred over my career. I'm very gratified by the small role I've had business. This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.
James Kelly, MA, MD, FAAN, a neurologist, is one of America’s top experts on treating concussions. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health.