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​Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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​Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury often occurs as a result of a severe sports injury or car accident. Immediate or delayed symptoms may include confusion, blurry vision, and concentration difficulty. Infants may cry persistently or be irritable. Treatment may involve rest, medication, and surgery.

The most common type of traumatic brain injury is a concussion. Historically, we discounted concussions as having your “bell rung” or “cobweb’s cleaned out.”  Fortunately, we have now come to realize that these events can be serious and can lead to long-term repercussions if not properly treated and cared.

In car accidents, bike accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and even slip and falls, people often lose consciousness for a brief period as a result of the accident. Too seldom people fail to diagnose and/or report these brain injuries.

The medical profession sometimes refers to concussions as Mild Traumatic Brain injury (MTBI). We are don’t like to use that label because any injury to the brain should be considered potentially dangerous.

One of the most significant concerns about concussions is the fact that they can lead to cumulative brain damage. When a person who has had a previous head injury sustains a concussion, there is always the risk for more severe brain damage. This risk can be particularly large when the concussions are over a short period of time.   There remains much debate as to the relationship between concussions and loss of long-term memory, psychiatric disorders, and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.