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Traumatic Brain Injury and Loss of Consciousness

Even though there have been great strides in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of head and brain injuries, these still have the potential to irreparably change someone’s life. Those who sustain a serious TBI can have issues with chronic pain, weakness in their arms or legs, and even paralysis. Unfortunately, these serious head injuries are far more common than most people know. Some statistics on traumatic brain injuries that were recently published in the Journal of Brain Injury include

Motivation After a Traumatic Brain Injury

If an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury, this can cause drastic changes in his or her life. However, some of these changes might not be noticed for an extended period. A recent medical research study explored how a head or brain injury might impact someone’s motivation. This change in someone’s energy and drive can make it more difficult to attain one’s life goals.

A Traumatic Brain Injury Can Lead to Aggression

When people are involved in a car accident, one of the injuries that they could sustain is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Depending on the location of the wound inside the skull, there could be emotional changes, such as increased aggression. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries impact countless families every year. Sometimes, these injuries can lead to permanent complications. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS):

Blood Flow Changes After a Traumatic Brain Injury

If an individual is involved in a traumatic accident, he or she could sustain a traumatic brain injury, which is defined as any temporary or permanent change in the function of the brain. This could occur if people strike their head on the pavement, window, or dashboard. Unlike other injuries, the neurons of the brain often do not heal following a severe accident. This means that complications that individuals suffer after an accident could be permanent. One of the tools that doctors might use to diagnose a TBI involves imaging. Some of the changes that an imaging scan could pick up include:

Traumatic Brain Injury and Cervical Spine Trauma

In a serious car accident, a traumatic brain injury could be associated with trauma to the cervical spine. While all head injuries need to be taken seriously, this situation could be made even worse if there is a concomitant injury to the spine as well. Cervical spine injuries are severe on their own, however, when combined with a traumatic brain injury, the results could be catastrophic.

Financial Considerations of a Traumatic Brain Injury

The financial burden of a traumatic brain injury is substantial. Whether someone sustains this injury in an auto accident, a slip and fall accident, or even while playing sports, the burden on their family, friends, and society as a whole can be overwhelming. A few sources of these costs include:

Guide to Baseball-Related Brain Injury

While contact sports such as football and boxing are usually associated with injury to the head, baseball-related brain injury occurs often. It ranks third after bicycling and football in terms of the number of head injuries. Boston University researchers found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in major league baseball players. Ryan Freel, a major league utility player, committed suicide in 2012 after suffering 10 concussions in his career. During the autopsy, it was found that Freel suffered from CTE. Since baseball season is about to begin, let’s look at baseball-related brain injury and rule changes that have the potential of decreasing TBI in players.

Sleep Disorders After a Traumatic Brain Injury

One of the most serious injuries that an individual might suffer in an accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is diagnosed when an impact to the head or neck area results in either a temporary or a permanent change in the function of the brain. There are many different ways that an individual might suffer a head injury. Some of these include:

The Psychiatric Sequelae of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Many different complications can develop following a traumatic brain injury. One of the most severe complications is the development of psychiatric disorders. Examples of common mental disorders include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are more common than many people realize. According to statistics on TBIs that have been published by Brainline:

Acute Stress Disorder After a Traumatic Brain Injury

A study was recently published looking at the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and the development of an acute stress disorder, such as PTSD. This is one of the important complications of a head injury that everyone should know.