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What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries are as scary as they sound. When the brain sustains trauma, the whole body can suffer as a result. The side effects of a traumatic brain injury can mean life altering consequences for a person. While traumatic brain injuries vary in severity, they should be taken seriously, nonetheless. Let’s take a look at what can cause a traumatic brain injury.

What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is, as the name suggests, when the brain sustains trauma. While they can range in severity, TBIs are much more likely to fall on the more severe end of the spectrum. TBIs commonly occur when the head sustains trauma due to banging into something. Often, this can happen in car accidents or slip and fall accidents. As the head bangs into something, the brain is forced into the skull’s interior walls. The impact of the brain on the inside of the skull, in turn, causes the brain to sustain bruising or swelling.

It is important to note, however, that a TBI can be sustained without the head actually hitting anything. Sometimes if the head is forced severely in one direction or another and snaps back, the brain can be launched into the skull’s interior walls and sustain trauma. This means that in accident cases where the victim sustains something like whiplash, where the head is suddenly pushed forward and then snaps back, they may have also sustained a TBI. TBI’s can also be the common result of a person hitting their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, or other surface in a car upon crash impact. Things like seatbelts and airbags can reduce the chances of such impacts occurring, but they still do happen.

TBIs can have a wide range of severe impacts on a person. The impacts can be physical, emotional, and psychological in nature. Sustaining such an injury to the brain can reduce certain motor control or it can mean loss of temper or impulse control. The impacts will vary depending on the severity of the injury as well as what area of the brain was injured. These impacts can last weeks, months, or indefinitely. The available treatment as well as how quickly medical attention was received after the injury was sustained can have a considerable impact on a patient’s ability to recover.

As seeking immediate medical attention for a TBI is so important, accident victims should make getting immediate medical attention a priority after being involved in an incident that could have resulted in injuries such as a TBI. The signs and symptoms of a TBI can actually be quite subtle and take time to fully present. Get checked out immediately after an accident just in case. Furthermore, be clear with your doctors about any symptoms you may be experiencing. This may include vision issues, headaches, nausea, changes in mood or behavior, and more.

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