Traumatic Brain Injury | Summary, Symptoms, Treatment

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Traumatic Brain Injury | Summary, Symptoms, Treatment

“Traumatic brain injury” can sound pretty daunting. Whether you’re recovering from a brain injury yourself, or you’re the caregiver or guardian of a recovering victim – the lack of clear information about traumatic brain injuries can make it a confusing and difficult experience. 

Today, our goal is to help make sense of Traumatic brain injury (TBI). We’ll cover what a traumatic brain injury is, the symptoms that may be experienced both during the triggering trauma and in the aftermath, and some of the treatment options that may be available. 

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury is an umbrella term that ultimately is defined as brain dysfunction caused by an outside force. It’s surprisingly common – with 2.8 million Americans sustaining a traumatic brain injury annually. This kind of injury does not include conditions like a stroke, which is considered non-traumatic. 

There are two main forms of TBI:

Closed brain injury. 

A closed brain injury happens when there is injury without penetration, meaning your skull isn’t injured or broken in any way. This kind of injury typically is caused by rapid movement, resulting in bruising and tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels. Usually this kind of injury happens because of car accidents, falls and similar.

Penetrating brain injury. 

Penetrating, or open head injuries happen when there is a break in the skull – this could be caused by a gunshot, or similar. 

What Are The Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Depending on the type of injury, and the cause of the injury, your symptoms may vary. But ultimately, they will likely include the following.

Immediately After Injury

The immediate symptoms following an injury, that indicates TBI, could include the below. If you’re experiencing any of these after an accident, then it’s critical that you seek medical care.

  • Confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent headache 
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears

Within 6 Months of Injury

Once you’re undergoing treatment, or even post-recovery, you may experience some long-term symptoms. The most common that we see is long-term depression and anxiety, but it could also include the following:

  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Visual changes
  • Fatigue
  • Paralysis
  • Balance problems

If you’re experiencing long term symptoms, then it’s time to put your life first – move towards peak performance with us today.

What Are The Treatment Options for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

As far as the treatment options for traumatic brain injury – again, this will vary depending on the complexity, severity and specifics of your injury, but it could include any of the following:

  • Rest
  • Medication
  • Surgery

Here, we focus on innovative treatment solutions that are designed to help you regain your life – in full. Currently, around 80,000 people are estimated to be discharged from the hospital with some TBI-related disability. Treatments like oculomotor training, therapeutic vestibular activities, cognition therapy, coordination therapy, and more can help to prevent this.

 If you, or a loved one, are suffering from the aftermath of brain trauma – it’s not too late. Our state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in neuroscience and evidence-based therapies. Reach out to our team today and begin your rise to peak performance.