How is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) treated?

Because CTE can only be diagnosed after the person has died, treatment can be challenging. Treatment for people who have symptoms of CTE include:

  • Behavioral therapy to deal with mood swings
  • Pain management therapy, including medicines, massage and acupuncture, to relieve discomfort
  • Memory exercises to strengthen the ability to recall daily events

People who learn ways to deal with the symptoms of CTE often have an improved quality of life, including less pain, improved memory and fewer mood swings.

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