If you have recently been diagnosed with a TBI due to a serious accident in San Diego, you are likely looking at years of medical treatments and a broad range of ways that your day-to-day life might change. If this describes you, you may be interested in learning that a new study from the University of Iowa has some promising early results from a study with mice and limiting TBI impacts.

Traumatic brain injuries are an all-t0o-common outcome for car accidents, but they might also be tied to an assault or to a slip and fall injury or a sports accident. Since these are such complex injuries can can fall on either end of the spectrum from mild to life-changing, it can be hard to figure out how to adjust to life with TBI impacts. No two patients necessarily have exactly the same set of symptoms. Doctors and researchers have made a lot of progress with regard to both diagnosing the injury and treating it, there is still a lot of room for progress.

The new study shows that protecting axons may be the secret for minimizing TBI impacts. Although the project is just now in the stage of testing mice, it could hold important scientific information for humans down the road. When mice in the study had axons protected with this new procedure, they were less likely to develop the movement, thinking, and vision problems that are common for many people suffering from TBI impacts.

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a TBI, it’s important to continue talking to your doctor about all treatment options. This may be the best way to protect a victim who has suffered, particularly as new treatment options may emerge in the coming years and decades.