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Identifying the signs of traumatic brain injuries

Whether people have been involved in a fender bender or a catastrophic collision, they may have acquired a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident. Traumatic brain injuries may go undetected for several days, as the signs and symptoms could be mistaken for other illnesses. However, the sooner brain injuries are treated, the better chance patients have at achieving a full recovery. 

Brain injuries are caused by a  sudden blow or jolt to the head, which sends the soft tissue of the brain into the hard bone of the skull. Upon impact, the brain may become bruised, inflamed and start to bleed. Over time, the brain may swell, causing excessive pressure in the skull cavity that can lead to additional damage. 

People may exhibit a wide-range of symptoms depending on the part of the brain that was injured, as well as the severity of the injury. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, those suffering from mild brain damage may feel fatigued, and experience dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, confusion, mood changes. They may find it hard to concentrate or remember things as well. Moderate to severe brain injuries may lead to the following:

  • Persistent headaches that increase in intensity

  • Loss of coordination

  • Weakness or tingling in the extremities

  • Slurred speech and increased confusion

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Trouble making executive decisions and organizing plans

Once the brain tissue is damaged, it cannot be restored to its initial state. Yet, rehabilitative treatment can help people improve functioning.

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