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If you hit your head, you should be checked for an aneurysm

You were traveling to visit family when a semitruck struck your SUV. You were fortunate to be in a larger vehicle, but you still ended up hitting your head and suffering from a few broken bones.

Initially, you were taken to the hospital for a concussion, but your health continued to deteriorate. You were rushed into surgery. Much later, your family was informed that you had suffered a traumatic aneurysm.

Your fall could cause a brain injury: Seek help immediately

You were walking into a nearby store and had to go up a wet path to get to the main entry. You didn't think anything of it, but you were cautious when stepping on the walkway. It seemed like there was enough friction for you to be able to walk without slipping, but you didn't imagine that you'd end up tripping instead. The path was a little uneven, and as you went to take a step onto the main walkway, your heel got stuck. That caused you to twist your ankle and fall.

You would have been okay if not for the nearby concrete planters. You hit your head on one of them as you fell, leaving you dazed and confused. The owner of the building quickly called 911, and you soon found yourself spending the afternoon receiving a battery of tests to see how serious your brain injury was.

Speech can be impacted by a brain injury: Here's how

After a brain injury, one of the hardest things for some patients to deal with is the impact on cognition and communication. It is possible to lose your speech or to see your speech altered as a result of a brain injury. Despite that, you deserve to be heard. Your speech may come back with time, but in the meantime, you still deserve an opportunity to make your wishes known in any way possible.

Normally, the effects of a brain injury do hit the hardest immediately following the injury. Some of the symptoms you have may be caused by temporary damage due to bruising or swelling. Thankfully, those kinds of injuries are usually temporary, and the symptoms they cause tend to go away once the injuries resolve.

Here is how a brain injury could affect you

When a person suffers from a traumatic brain injury, it means that the brain has been damaged by a jolt, bump or blow to the head. Not every kind of impact is going to result in a TBI, but some will. Of those, they are diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe (acute).

Mild TBIs may last for a few weeks, causing issues that a person has to cope with in the short-term. A mild concussion, for example, may cause headaches and drowsiness that dissipate over time.

Long-term challenges after a brain injury can impact employment

A traumatic brain injury leads to many symptoms, but these are not the same for everyone. The severity and location of the injury can have an impact on how a person heals. There are several systems of the body that are affected when you have a traumatic brain injury.

For some people, the severity of the injury is so great that the impacts will remain for the rest of their life. This can make doing even basic tasks difficult, and it could affect their ability to care for themselves. Some won't ever be able to return to work to earn a living.

Mild brain injuries may alter a victim's personality

When a person receives a significant blow to the head, they can also suffer a mild traumatic brain injury without realizing it. Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may not cause pain or produce any other symptoms for several days or weeks. The delay can make it seem as though a victim's symptoms came out of nowhere.

Mild TBIs affect each victim differently depending on the severity of the blow to their head and the area of the brain that suffers damage. In some cases, symptoms are physical, including headaches, nausea, blurred vision and even seizures.

Spinal injuries: You need immediate care to preserve function

Today, science and medicine have made many advancements, but the reality is that the spine is still an area that requires much more research and study. It's hard to imagine being paralyzed forever after an accident, and with time, that may no longer be the case. However, for now, many people would agree that a complete severing of the spinal cord could mean the end of control of the body below that point.

If you suffer this kind of catastrophic injury, it is devastating. There can be many complications, such as organ involvement or trouble regulating your body's heat. Fortunately, there are many medical professionals who can help as you work your way toward recovery.

3 ways to reduce the likelihood of a brain injury for bicyclists

 

Car accidents are one of the main threats to bicyclists when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. The severity of these injuries can take a great deal of time to distinguish and diagnose. In order to protect yourself on the road, it is essential to understand the risks posed to bicyclists.

Pedestrian risks for vehicle related TBIs

 

The current estimates place the yearly number of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) at around 2.87 million. TBI was named as a contributing factor in the deaths of 56,800 people, according to the most recent CDC study. Falls are listed as the leading cause of TBIs. For pedestrians on sidewalks, crosswalks and paths adjoining busy roads, traffic collisions represent a significant percentage of TBI cases.

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