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What are some signs of a traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Brain Injuries |

A brain injury is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain due to a sudden and forceful impact or trauma. These injuries can result from various causes, including car accidents.

Brain injuries can have lasting effects on an individual’s physical and cognitive well-being. Understanding the signs of a brain injury can help sufferers receive prompt intervention and appropriate medical care.

Physical symptoms

Every year in the U.S., according to the International Brain Injury Association, 1 million people receive treatment for brain injuries in the emergency room. Physical symptoms are often visible indicators of a brain injury. These may include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Loss of consciousness, even for a brief period, can also be a sign of a brain injury.

Cognitive impairments

Brain injuries can affect cognitive functions, leading to impairments in memory, concentration and attention. Individuals with a brain injury may experience confusion, difficulty processing information and challenges in solving problems.

Emotional and behavioral changes

A brain injury can also manifest through emotional and behavioral changes. Individuals may exhibit mood swings, increased irritability or heightened emotional sensitivity. Changes in behavior, such as impulsivity or difficulty regulating emotions, can be indicative of underlying brain trauma.

Speech and language difficulties

Impairments in speech and language can be signs of a brain injury. Individuals may experience difficulty forming words, expressing thoughts coherently or understanding spoken or written language.

Sensory disturbances

Brain injuries may lead to sensory disturbances, affecting vision, hearing or other sensory functions. Blurred vision, ringing in the ears or heightened sensitivity to light and sound are common symptoms.

Motor skill deficits

Motor skill deficits can be evident in individuals with a brain injury. Coordination problems, weakness in limbs or difficulties with balance and fine motor tasks may occur.

Fatigue and sleep disturbances

Brain injuries can contribute to persistent fatigue and sleep disturbances. Individuals may experience excessive drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep or disrupted sleep patterns.

The symptoms of a brain injury vary greatly from person to person and some signs may develop faster than others. While those with a brain injury may not experience certain symptoms right at first, they may develop days or weeks following the initial trauma.



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