How You Can Proactively Reduce the Risk of a Head Injury
According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 3 million people seek medical care every year because of some type of bump or blow to the head. Most of those traumatic brain injuries are sustained in falls or motor vehicle accidents, but there are other common causes as well, including contact sports, physical assault and domestic violence. The vast majority of those who sustain traumatic brain injuries are male (about four of every five) and persons over the age of 65 are most likely to suffer a TBI. What can you do to minimize the likelihood of a traumatic brain injury?
Reducing the Risk of Head Injury
Though many traumatic brain injuries are unavoidable, there are some simple steps you can take to increase the odds in your favor:
- Pay close attention to any medications you take—Certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause fatigue, dizziness or balance issues. Make certain you take medication at the right time, and with food, if recommended.
- Get an eye exam—Poor vision is a common cause of falls—make certain you’re taking the necessary steps to clearly see the path in front of you.
- Turn on the lights—Don’t worry about the cost of electricity—it’s cheaper that a visit to the hospital
- Be aware of potential pitfalls in your home—Do you have adequate handrails or grab bars along stairways. Make certain there’s no broken tile or torn linoleum/carpet that can cause a fall.
- Stay fit—The more sedentary you become, the more muscle tone and strength you’ll lose in your legs. That will make you more unstable when you need to get up and move around.
- Be smart when you drive—Don’t drive in bad weather, unless it’s an emergency. Avoid driving when you’re tired. Drive defensively.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.