Facts about traumatic brain injuries - National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are common and debilitating. They are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. In 2019 alone, traumatic injuries accounted for 60,000 deaths in the United States.

A brain injury may affect the person for the rest of their life. Most commonly, they are caused by car accidents, falls, or violence. This article will cover essential facts you should know about brain injuries.


What is a TBI?

A TBI is caused by a sudden jolt to the head that then disrupts the brain's functioning. The severity can range from mild (for example, a brief change in consciousness) or severe (for example, an extended period of memory loss). The leading cause of a TBI is a concussion. You don't necessarily need to lose consciousness to sustain a brain injury. 


What are the causes of a TBI? 

There are several causes of a brain injury. This may include: 

  • Falls. Falls are the leading cause of a TBI. They are common both in children and the elderly. In children, it can be due to falls or bikes, trampolines, or skateboards. In the elderly, it may be due to loss of balance. 
  • Being struck by an object. Being hit by an object is the second most common reason for sustaining a brain injury. This can occur when playing sports or occupational hazards. 
  • The third leading cause of a TBI is car accidents.
  • TBIs can also be caused by intentional self-harm.


What are the risks for TBI-related deaths? 

The most significant risk is age, with falls being the leading cause of death in 65 years of age and older. Males are more at risk than females.  

Along with self-harm, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death, resulting in a TBI in younger populations. Wearing a seatbelt is important to prevent TBIs. The leading cause of TBI-related deaths for children is assaults such as shaken baby syndrome. Children also can sustain injuries from falls from bikes or skateboards, so wearing a helmet is critical in preventing injuries to the head. 

Both falls and motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of non-fatal related TBIs. Many of these patients are hospitalized and may need further recovery in a neurorehabilitation center. 


Other important facts regarding TBIs

  • We mentioned that concussions are a leading cause of brain injuries. But if an individual suffers a second concussion, it can cause additional damage to the brain. 
  • The most commonplace of injury is in the frontal lobe of the brain. This is the part of the brain responsible for thinking and emotional regulation. 
  • Most patients recover, but if it is a severe injury, they may require catastrophic rehabilitation.


Where can I learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation?

Neulife post-acute rehabilitation centers are experts in treating TBI patients. Through a patient-centered approach, we help patients manage their symptoms and help them progress to meet their rehabilitation goals. 

We focus both on the needs of every one of our patients and their families. This is accomplished through clinical evaluations, medical care, and therapeutic activities. Every treatment plan for our patients is customized with the goal to transition back to home.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour please contact us – we are looking forward to seeing you!


The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.




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