2.8 million people are treated for traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year. Children are at the highest risk of brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. The most common brain injuries happen from a sports injury or a car accident. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be immediate or delayed. This can include blurry vision, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.
Traumatic brain injuries are classified as traumatic or non-traumatic to describe the cause of the injury. They may also be classified as mild, moderate, or severe to indicate the initial severity of the injury.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
• Car and Motorcycle Accidents
• Sports Injuries
• Abusive Head Trauma
• Workplace Injuries
• Gunshot Wounds
Traumatic Brain Injuries Warning Signs
• Trouble Thinking or Remembering
• Problems Sleeping
• Slurred Speech
• Problems with Vision or Hearing
Is a Concussion a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and body. This occurs from a mild blow to the head, either with or without loss of consciousness and can lead to temporary cognitive symptoms.
Symptoms for a concussion may include headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and excessive fatigue.
There’s no specific cure for a concussion. Rest and restricting activities will allow the brain to recover. This means one should temporarily reduce sports, playing video games, watching TV, or too much socializing.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a traumatic brain injury, call 911 or visit an Urgent Care facility or the Emergency Room.