Even mild traumatic brain injuries are serious and can significantly impact the life of any Michigan resident. It’s important to know what causes them.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious head injury that can lead to a variety of symptoms such as loss of consciousness, headaches and even cognitive impairment. A TBI can range in severity depending on the impact that occurred when the injury was sustained. Milder injuries could result in concussions while more serious TBIs can cause permanent brain damage or even death.
Who is most likely to suffer a TBI?
Although anyone can suffer a TBI, the injury most often affects males. Seniors and young children are also susceptible due to their higher likelihood of experiencing falls.
Individuals in certain lines of work have a greater risk of experiencing TBIs. Those in the military, law enforcement officers and construction workers are all more prone to these serious injuries. Athletes who compete in high-contact sports whether professionally or just for fun also have a higher risk of TBI.
What can cause a TBI?
There are many situations that can cause a TBI. Car accidents, falls and intensive sports can cause people to suffer these injuries. A TBI can develop if a person experiences a sharp blow or jolt to the head or if an object penetrates the brain. Issues like domestic violence and other acts of violence such as assault, a gunshot or suicide attempt can also cause a TBI. Instances of child abuse such as shaken baby syndrome can also cause TBIs in babies.
A traumatic brain injury can be serious even if it’s considered mild. Seeking immediate medical attention is important as it can mean the difference between recovery or getting worse.