David G. Changaris, M.D.
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Concussion and

Traumatic Brain Injury

We have defined a concussion as as a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. The brain is an extremely complex organ, and a brain injury affects each person differently.  Brain injuries can occur from, a car crash, a fall (from a ladder, down stairs etc), sports injuries or being struck by an object. Any serious jolt to the head should seek medical attention, especially if you are experiencing the following symptoms.

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DID YOU
KNOW?

If admitted to a Level 1 Trauma Unit  you have a 90% chance of having a brain injury.

SYMPTOMS OF A MILD TBI or Concussion


  • A brief loss of consciousness in some cases. However, many people with mild TBI remain conscious after the injury.
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness/​Dizziness
  • Blurred vision or tired eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • A change in sleep patterns
  • Behavioral or mood changes
  • Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Creates a world filled with anxiety.

SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE TBI

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Not being able to wake up from sleep
  • Larger than normal pupil (dark center) of one or both eyes. This is called dilation of the pupil.
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

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