Injury to the brain can be life-altering. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and, depending upon the severity of the injury, the impairments can last a lifetime.
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Brain injury can only be conclusively diagnosed by a competent medical professional. However, a number of signs and symptoms can be indicative of a potential traumatic brain injury.
Mild traumatic brain injury symptoms can include:
Although even the previous symptoms should be taken seriously, moderate and severe brain injury often also includes the following:
Traumatic brain injury occurs when physical damage is caused to the brain by a sudden impact against the head or sudden jolting which shakes the brain inside the skull.
Traumatic brain injury from an impact is generally divided into two primary medical categories: closed and penetrating. Both types of brain injury can be severe and result in serious long-term health issues.
One of the most serious forms of traumatic brain injury is diffuse axonal injury (DAI). Typically, a closed brain injury, diffuse axonal injury is the result of scattered lesions over a widespread section of the brain and the tearing of the axons, the long connecting fibers of the brain. This common head injury is difficult to detect, even with the use of computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Brain injuries can be further divided into primary and secondary injuries.
Because the brain is central to the healthy functioning of all of our bodily systems, brain damage can result in a wide array of impairments both long and short term. Most common impairments stemming from traumatic brain damage can be categorized in one of the following general areas: cognition, sensory processing, communication, and behavioral.
Whatever the cause, the top priority following any suspected brain injury is obtaining a prompt medical diagnosis. This typically begins with a neurological exam, evaluating a broad spectrum of brain functions including: cognitive function, motor function, sensory perception, coordination, vision, and reflexes. Subsequently, a doctor may recommend diagnostic imaging tests such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for a fuller picture of the damage.
Certain brain injuries can be addressed through surgical intervention to remove blood clots, repair skull fractures, stop a brain bleed, or relieve pressure from accumulated fluid on the brain.
Many brain injury patients benefit from rehabilitation therapies including physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, and vocational counselors.
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