Those who haven’t suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often assume that the most difficult problems survivors must confront occur right after their accidents as they undergo surgeries and different treatments prior to completing rehabilitation programs. Yet reality shows that many TBI patients wind up struggling with their injuries for the rest of their lives.
In most cases, traumatic brain injuries develop after a person endures some type of blow, jolt or bump to the head that disrupts normal brain functioning. While these events may only last a few seconds, the damage is often extensive. In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics indicate that about 30% of all injury deaths in this country involve a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
This means that roughly 153 people die of a TBI each day. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to accurately diagnose this condition since no two people experience the exact same set of symptoms. While accident prevention must remain a central focus, at least equal attention must be paid to finding new and better treatments.
Always make sure that you or your loved ones immediately visit a doctor after suffering any type of head injury. An early diagnosis can help you avoid far worse complications that might develop if you wait to seek treatment. Also, the longer you wait to be medically evaluated after suffering a closed head or brain injury – the more likely you are to require far more complex treatments.
When you first see a doctor, she’ll try to determine the full extent of your injuries by inquiring about the following facts.
Most TBI events are due to falls suffered by the very young and much older Americans. In fact, nearly one-half of all emergency department visits, hospitalizations (and deaths) in 2013 were caused by falls. As might be guessed, the other main events leading up to TBIs include car collisions, construction site accidents – and even medical malpractice incidents.
Some doctors like to distinguish between mild traumatic brain injuries and routine TBIs since they believe that MTBIs often involve shorter periods during which the victims may have lost consciousness. However, it’s medically incorrect to assume that all traumatic brain injury patients suffer any loss of consciousness since many of them do not.
Nevertheless, there are doctors who believe that MTBIs may involve less critical or long-term damages or consequences for patients and that they often suffer attention span problems, headaches, short-term memory loss, depression, and irritability.
By contrast, these same doctors also believe that more severe TBIs involve patients who suffered longer periods of initial unconsciousness – possibly due to more brutal jolts or head trauma. Patients suffering from severe TBIs often struggle with controlling their bodily movements and speaking in a coherent manner. Of course, some symptoms like depression, anger and anxiety are common to nearly all TBI patients.
Traumatic brain injuries can also be caused by various brain infections. These may include one or more of the following conditions – sometimes worsened by doctors who fail to make accurate and timely medical diagnoses.
Once patients develop TBIs brought on by any of the conditions just listed above, they’ll often have to battle one or more of the long-term TBI complications set forth below.