April 25th, 2024

Study on athlete patient published in society of medicine journal

By ANNA SMITH Local Journalism Initiative on March 6, 2024.

Corissa Audren, a longtime Medicine Hat chiropractor, has had her study of an elite athlete suffering from concussion issues published in European Science and Medicine journal.--PHOTO COURTESY AUDREN CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTRE


Medicine Hat chiropractor Dr. Corissa Audren was published in a special edition of the European Society of Medicine, following her work on a young hockey player.

Audren has been a chiropractor since 2001, and opened her practice, Audren Chiropractic Wellness Centre here in March of 2004. She began her advanced studies into Functional Neurology in 2011, and took the first Traumatic Brain Injury training offered by Dr. Ted Carrick who was in the news having helped Sydney Crosby.

“I have designed and implemented neuro-rehabilitation protocols using advanced diagnostic and rehab tools in clinical neuroscience,” said Audren. “This has allowed me to help patients with concussions and mild traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, vestibular dysfunction, dysautonomia, including POTS, as well as chronic pain and neuro-degenerative disorders.”

Audren has treated severe cases that were on three years or more of disability and able to start working again, and sees patients from 11-plus hours away seeking help with symptoms.

This work was what put her in touch with the patient in question, a young and elite hockey player who had suffered multiple concussions and could no longer play due to the severity of his symptoms. His schoolwork was also affected.

Mentioned in the article, a small structure about the size of a dime in his inner ear, known as the vestibular apparatus, had caused significant issues that had not responded to conventional treatment, placing the individual’s career in jeopardy.

Fortunately, Audren noted that “significant progress was observed and measured. He was feeling significantly better, regarding his symptoms, within the first few treatments. He was able to play again at the elite level required.”

“This case involved the failure of conventional treatment and where a newer approach exhibited impressive before-and-after computerized assessments with long-term improvement. Our results were so well documented to survive peer review in a medical journal,” said Audren.

Audren noted she and Dr. George Kukurin may have been the first Doctors of Chiropractic to be published in European Medical Society’s journal, and she may have been the first female chiropractor.

“It’s a pioneering event to have this type of rehab recognized,” said Audren. “Over the years, I have worked with several patients, not just athletes, that have been suffering from multiple concussions and the effects of being re-concussed. Unfortunately, people are not getting the proper care due to the complexity of brain injuries, and many are not aware that this type of therapy is available.”

“It feels amazing to have collaborated with a colleague, such as Dr. Kukurin, who is a leader and innovator in the neuroscience field,” said Audren. She hopes the publication will help bring awareness to the public in regards to the help available in these cases.

Audren maintains her regular chiropractic practice in the city, alongside her neuro patients.

“My Neuro patients will tell you that I am passionate about helping people suffering from debilitating brain conditions. My team and I really enjoy witnessing patients getting their lives back,” said Audren. “And research is improving our ability to help patients suffering from neurological injury and illness and it is accelerating at an explosive pace. There has never been a more hopeful time for these people.”

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