Traumatic brain injury basics

Even the most seemingly simple brain injury can lead to serious problems for Alabama residents. Many things can cause brain injuries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that falls, such as what may happen when a person falls from a defective ladder, account for more than 40 percent of all brain injures. Vehicular crashes are responsible for another 14 percent. 

The Brain Injury Association of America explains that an accident-induced brain injury may be described as traumatic or acquired. The difference really is the level of trauma associated with the accident. Both types involve injury after birth versus a brain injury that is the result of a congenital condition.

According to WebMD, there are many symptoms that health care providers assess when diagnosing and treating brain injuries. Some of these are easily visible such as a person's motor skills. Balance, natural reflexes and even physical strength can indicate the health of the brain. From a cognitive standpoints, physicians will look at a person's ability to solve problems or puzzles, learn new material or remember even basic facts to help identify a potential brain injury.

Some brain injuries can be helped by treatment and therapy although some people may experience challenges throughout their lives as the result of their brain injuries. Treatments may be directed at a basic function like speech or physical therapy. Medications may be used to target symptoms like depression or headaches. Some brain injuries can heal fully like a mild concussion while others last longer, even a lifetime.




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