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