One of the most unfortunate injuries associated with auto accidents, falls and other types of accidents is TBI or traumatic brain injury. In general, TBI can mean a number of different types of impairment, but a simple definition is an alteration or impairment of the brain’s functioning due to a severe blow or jolt to the head. There is a wide range of severity associated with TBI. This can include anything from brief alterations or losses of consciousness to memory loss or amnesia.
Individuals with severe TBI may experience major shifts in behavior or mood, extended bouts of confusion, and severely diminished nervous system functions. According to the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine, cases of mild or moderate TBI entail at least one of these symptoms:
Mayo Clinic lists the following as symptoms of moderate to severe TBI:
Victims suffering from TBI may experience noticeable changes in cognitive or behavioral functions, such as irritability, confusion, aggression or other unusual behavior, and slurred speech. Children suffering from TBI may begin eating less, act unusually irritable, become depressed or disengaged, lose interest in previously enjoyed activities or alter their sleep patterns. TBI, though it presents itself and affects people in different ways, can completely change an auto accident victim’s life. Additionally, family, spouses and friends may be affected by behavioral changes caused by a victim’s TBI.
DAMAGING EFFECTS OF CLOSED HEAD INJURIES
Head injuries are typically classified into one of two categories: open or closed. A closed head injury is one that causes trauma but without any skull penetration. Damage is internal and often caused by extremely fast head movement from sudden impact or blunt force. Examples of closed head injuries:
Symptoms of a closed head injury may include:
Closed head injuries can be difficult to pinpoint because they often present symptoms after the initial injury.
POST-TRAUMATIC HEADACHES CAN BE LIFE-ALTERING
Anyone who has suffered from a major headache or a migraine can tell you how debilitating they can be. In some cases, a car accident can cause injuries that result in severe and persistent headaches. These post-traumatic headaches can be life-altering for those suffering from them, and they may not manifest until days after the initial injury. Furthermore, the severity of the headaches may not be directly proportional to the severity of the auto accident; a seemingly minor collision can still result in serious headache problems.
One of the obvious possible causes of post-traumatic headaches is a direct blow to the head during the accident. A perhaps less obvious cause is damage in the neck from a violent or sudden whipping movement. Damaged or pinched nerves in the neck or shoulders can cause persistent headaches, as well.
TYPES OF HEADACHES AND CAUSES
Those who suffer headaches after an accident may experience them in different ways and levels of severity, whether it be a prolonged, dull pain, or sharp or tight pains.
Headaches following an accident may also indicate something more severe, such as an undetected brain injury. Victims who begin to suddenly experience headaches should seek medical help immediately.
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The content on this page should not be interpreted as or substituted for professional medical advice. We are experienced in working with these injuries, but we are not doctors.