Millions of people are affected by traumatic brain injuries every year in Missouri and across the country. Car accidents are the second leading cause of hospitalizations involving traumatic brain injuries in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Due to the wide-range of signs and symptoms of brain trauma, many cases get overlooked or misdiagnosed. When TBI’s are correctly diagnosed, however, patients can receive treatment that could minimize the risk of long term damage.
What should you look for?
The signs of a brain injury differ depending on the severity of the injury, as well as what area of the brain is traumatized. Symptoms not only involve your physical ability to perform certain functions, but sensory deficiencies and psychological issues as well.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association lists the following signs of brain trauma:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent headaches
- Muscle spasms and weakness
- Changes in mood and/or emotions
- Trouble concentrating, problem solving, planning or remembering
- Difficulty hearing, seeing or processing information
Brain injuries can make it hard for you to speak or communicate with others. Severe injuries may lead to seizures, loss of consciousness and potential paralysis.
How can this affect you?
The aftermath of a brain injury can make it difficult to perform everyday life tasks, including your ability to work or take care of yourself. In some cases, you may be unable to drive or maintain a job.
Continued therapy can help to improve these symptoms. Since each case is unique, a multidisciplinary medical team can customize a treatment plan. This may include occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists, physical therapists and medical professionals.