Telltale Signs of TBI
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the majority of people who suffer a traumatic brain injury experience full or significant recovery in a relatively short period of time, provided they obtain appropriate medical treatment. CDC statistics indicate that 75-90% of TBIs are mild; those are generally referred to as “concussions.” For some individuals (primarily small children and older people), TBI symptoms can linger for days, weeks, or months. Statistics also indicate that consequences can be more severe or last longer when the victim has had a prior TBI.
Identifying the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Medical professionals customarily identify four different categories of symptoms regarding traumatic brain injury:
- Physical symptoms—Headaches are the most common and immediate indication of a potential TBI. Headaches may be accompanied by blurred vision, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, or fatigue. You also might have heightened sensitivity to sound or light.
- Emotional or mood-related symptoms—A traumatic brain injury often leads to emotional changes, including greater mood swings, increased irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Impact on thinking or remembering—In the immediate aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, it’s fairly common to have difficulty processing communication or thinking clearly. You may find it difficult to remember what’s happened recently or concentrate on a single subject.
- Impact on sleep—A traumatic brain injury can wreak havoc with sleep patterns, leading to both insomnia or a desire to sleep more.
If you’ve had a bump on the head and are experiencing more than a headache, it’s a good idea to seek immediate medical care. Even serious traumatic brain injury can be treated effectively with prompt medical attention.
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At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). 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.