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Identifying the signs of traumatic brain injury

When people are involved in car collision or a slip-and-fall accident, they may receive a traumatic brain injury as a result of the impact. In fact, any type of accident that results in a sudden and forceful impact to the head may cause damage to the delicate tissue located within the skull cavity. When the tissue hits against the hard skull bone, it can bruise, bleed and become inflamed. Immediate medical attention is key when treating brain damage. Continued swelling in the brain can build up pressure within the skull cavity and cause ever more damage. The sooner injured people receive medical treatment, the greater their chances are for recovery and for the prevention of further damage.

It may be difficult to identify the signs of traumatic brain injury, as some of the symptoms may mask themselves as other conditions. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, signs of mild to moderate brain damage include the following:

  •          Consistent headaches
  •          Persistent nausea and vomiting
  •          Dizziness and confusion
  •          Loss of short term memory
  •          Tingling in the extremities

Severe cases of traumatic brain injuries involve more serious symptoms, such as convulsions, loss of consciousness, seizures, sensory deficiencies, limb paralysis, as well as trouble speaking and understanding speech. Even mild brain damage, however, can cause long-lasting cognitive damage. Treatment often involves a comprehensive team, such as physical therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and medical doctors. Although complete recovery may not be possible, some brain tissue may be able to regenerate and improve the quality of life from the injured person. 

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