WHat IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. All injuries to the brain are serious. Concussions can be caused by direct trauma to the head. They can also occur because of rapid acceleration-deceleration of the head, such as in whiplash injuries or blast injuries like experienced in a war zone. Concussions may result in a loss of consciousness; however, this is not always the case. The leading causes of concussions in the United States are sports injuries, falls and auto accidents. The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not show up immediately. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer.
Every accident is different. When an accident occurs, energy is absorbed by the body. Even a low-speed accident or fall, may result in significant injury. Obvious injuries such as broken bones, cuts, and abrasions can be quickly diagnosed and treated. Other, less visible injuries may take several days or even weeks to manifest. Less visible injuries such as organ injury, soft tissue damage, fractures and MTBI -Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (concussion), may require additional testing to confirm and may require significant time to heal.
SYMPTOMS OF A MILD TBI or Concussion
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SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE TBI
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