Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when the brain is jostled or shaken within the skull. It can be mild to severe.
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Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury often follow a known head injury. They range from temporary confusion and mild headache to signs of stroke and other severe neurological conditions.
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Dilated pupils in both or just one eye
- Difficulty waking from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Signs of stroke, including numbness in the face, legs, or arms and weakness on one side
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV
Traumatic brain injury is caused by a forceful and sudden impact to the head. It can occur as a result of:
- Hitting your head on an object
- Receiving a blow to the head
- Bumping your head when falling
- Being forcibly shaken (such as when a when a baby is shaken or seat belt restrains you in a car crash)
- Having an object pierce the skull and enter the brain
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in people 65 and older and 14 and younger.
Not a lot of force is needed to cause a traumatic brain injury. You can have a traumatic brain injury even if you show no outward signs of injury, such as a bump on the skull, bleeding, or bruising.
Traumatic brain injury can lead to serious neurological consequences.
What To Expect During Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery
A person with traumatic brain injury is cared for by a neurologist. Specific treatments vary depending on the extent of brain damage and the location of the injury. A mild traumatic brain injury, such as concussion, may involve resting the brain for a short period (including avoiding minor activities like reading).
Because there is no way to reverse brain damage, treatment for severe traumatic brain injury focuses on rehabilitation. It may include psychotherapy, occupational rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Medical treatment may also require management of complications from the injury.
Promoting a safety-first culture can help prevent traumatic brain injury. To reduce your risk:
- Use protective gear, including bike helmets and other sporting equipment designed to prevent injury
- Take care when climbing ladders
- Wear stable shoes
- Use assistive devices, including walkers and canes, if you have trouble with balance
- Wear your seatbelt
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals treats traumatic brain injury in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.