March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Along with the Brain Injury Association of America, we at The Brain and Spine Institute encourage you to get educated about TBIs, also known as Traumatic Brain Injuries, so you can stay safe!
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain that 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, experience in the US every year. About 75% of them each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
If you or a loved one experiences a blow to the head, here are some warning signs to look for. Seek medical attention if you notice:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Sever headache
- Weakness in your arms or legs
- Dizziness or loss of vision
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Vomiting or nausea
Just as no two people are alike, no two brain injuries are exactly alike. For some, brain injury is the start of a lifelong treatment process that requires access to a full continuum of medically necessary treatment. Do what you can to protect your head and avoid activities that can put you at a higher risk of a TBI.
Visit the Brain Injury Association of American for more information about TBI’s.