What you need to know about severe TBI injuries
Understanding TBIs starts with diagnosing the injury in the first place. Millions of people are living with this often disabling injury in the U.S. alone.
Injuries that impact the brain are very serious and many times fatal. The most serious among these brain injuries are referred to as TBIs (“Traumatic Brain Injuries.”) According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), TBIs are a contributing factor in thirty percent of all injury-related fatalities. That is nearly a third. If you or a loved one recently suffered a TBI, know that you are certainly not alone in this struggle. In 2010 alone, about 2.5 million people suffered a TBI.
From car wrecks and motorcycle crashes to work-related injuries and medical malpractice, there are so many types of accidents that can lead to a TBI. People with a TBI also have to worry about whether or not they are getting the right treatment or care for their injury. It is a certainly a difficult situation for both the victim and his or her loved ones to endure.
Approximately 5.3 million people in the U.S. are living with TBI disability. Loved ones are also living with this condition as they are often the ones a TBI victim must lean on for both physical care and emotional support. What may have been a simple task such as getting dressed in the morning could be a daily challenge. Over the years, treatment has shown there is not a cookie-cutter approach for TBI care. Instead, each patient should have a catered combination of therapies to help them towards recovery.
Signs you may have suffered a moderate to serious brain injury
One of the first steps a person should consider after any trauma to the head is whether they have a brain injury in the first place. The signs and symptoms of moderate brain trauma to a serious TBI are not always obvious or immediately apparent. For some patients with a TBI, they did not notice symptoms until weeks or even months after the accident took place.
Some common symptoms of brain trauma, include:
- Changes in personality such as frequent mood swings, depression or anxiety
- Insomnia or having problems sleeping
- Trouble remembering things and other memory problems
- Difficulty walking, dizziness and balance problems
- Tingling or numbness in extremities
- Headaches, nausea and vomiting
- Seizures, convulsions or slurred speech
These are just some of the signs and symptoms of a brain injury. However, the list is not exclusive and it is important to consult with a licensed physician. It is critical to get yourself checked out by a doctor if you suspect something is wrong and that you might have a brain injury. The longer you wait to get treatment, the more harm you could be potentially doing to your health.