Brain Injury

Brain injuries, also referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can be mild, moderate or severe with symptoms appearing immediately after the event to days or even weeks later.  TBI occurs when an external force, usually by way of a jolt or violent blow to the head or body, causes temporary to permanent impairment of brain function.  Objects penetrating the skull, such as a bullet, can also cause TBI.  There are many different types of TBI, including such things as diffuse axonal injury, concussion, contusion, second impact syndrome and more.

According to the Center for Disease and Control Injury Prevention Center, the leading causes of TBI are falls, unknown/other, motor vehicle accidents, struck by/against and assault.

It will be particularly imperative to diagnose a young child or infant after any type of blow to the head or body as they may not be able to communicate a headache, confusion or sensory problems which could indicate a TBI.

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