In the pursuit of health advocacy, some battles are unique, affecting the center of our existence – our brains. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a condition that demands our attention. As we unite to raise awareness on CTE Awareness Day, it's crucial to delve into the depths of this condition, its impact, and the imperative need for awareness and research.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a complex and progressive neurodegenerative condition that has seen an increase in attention during recent years, especially in the worlds of contact sports and military service. In the state of Ohio, CTE is recognized as a qualifying medical condition under the OMMCP. It’s characterized by the build up of abnormal tau protein in the brain, which may be triggered by repetitive head traumas, like concussions. While the symptoms of CTE may not come about immediately, the condition gradually unfolds over time, leading to changes in mood, behavior, and thought (1)
Recent advancements in CTE research have propelled our understanding of this medical condition forward. Improved diagnostic tools, such as advanced imaging and biomarker studies, allow for earlier detection and intervention (2). Preventative measures, such as rule changes in contact sports, protective equipment innovations, and increased research funding, show the many approaches that are being taken to handle the complexities of CTE (3).
The exploration of medical marijuana as a treatment adds a promising aspect to ongoing efforts, and allows for symptom management and improving the quality of life for those affected by this qualifying condition. As awareness grows and collaborative research efforts continue, the hope is that these advancements will lead to breakthroughs that transform the landscape of CTE diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
Through our exploration of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, we’re reminded of our commitment to better understand the challenges faced by people with this condition and to create a positive impact in our community.