Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
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What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Any injury or damage that disrupts the normal function of the brain, such as a blow or jolt to the head or a sharp object penetrating the head is defined as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Injury to the brain can be a closed head injury or an open head injury.
In a closed head injury, the head receives a blow or the head hits against a hard surface, like in a car accident. Due to the impact the brain collides with the bony skull and this jarring causes the brain tissue to bruise and get injured. Such injuries can be detected on a CT scan or an MRI.
An open head injury occurs when a sharp object pierces the skull, such as a bullet. Injuries of this kind cause severe damage to the brain.
How severe the injury is depends on the extent of damage caused and the nature of injury, whether open or closed. The extent of damage depends on the consciousness level of the patient, depth of coma and the degree of memory loss.
To measure the depth of coma the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is used. The GCS checks eye opening, amount of movement in the patient, and verbal response to rate the level of coma.
The symptoms reported by patients depend on the nature of injury and its extent. The injuries can vary from a mild TBI to a moderate to severe TBI. Symptoms in children with TBI may vary as compared to injured adults.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Speech problems
- Blurred vision
- Taste change
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- Sleep difficulties
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Mood swings
Moderate To Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries:
In addition to the symptoms that are seen with mild traumatic brain injury the following are also reported in moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries:
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Profound confusion
- Persistent headache
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Slurred speech
Traumatic Brain Injury in Children:
- Persistent crying and inability to be consoled
- Change in ability to pay attention
- Change in eating or nursing habits
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Unusual or easy irritability
How a Chiropractor Helps
Most people know chiropractors as doctors of the musculoskeletal system. But what is still not known is that chiropractors also treat neurological problems. Very few chiropractors are accident injury treatment centers which provide customized treatment to their patients involved in a car accident.
Mild traumatic brain injuries can cause some major symptoms such as blurred vision and headaches. In such cases chiropractors locate the site of injury, determine its cause, and find the most appropriate and best solution for you.
If the underlying cause of your injury is properly identified during a chiropractic session, it becomes easy to provide relief from the pain. Many car accident injury treatment clinics also offer free chiropractic consultations to accident victims.
During a chiropractic session, your doctor will try to learn all the details about your injury. Your medical history will be taken and you will need to fill out details about your current medications. The doctor will also ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing. After your case is assessed, a treatment plan will be prepared tailored specifically for you.
Chiropractors treat several medical conditions that are caused by concussions, such as headaches, migraines, depression, and other mental ailments. They use non-invasive methods to ensure pain relief and a normal day to day living.
Our professional and experienced team at our accident injury treatment center specializes in long-term treatment plans. For a chiropractic consultation you can call us or schedule an appointment online for a prompt solution to your TBI problems.