Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury

Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction and usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. An object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, also can cause traumatic brain injury. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury.

Signs & Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injury

Signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury can appear immediately after, a few hours or even days after the injury and may include but are not limited to physical and psychological effects such as:

– loss of consciousness (from several minutes to a hours)
– headache
– nausea
– fatigue and trouble waking up
– convulsions or seizures
– dilation of one or both pupils
– confusion
– and agitation or unusual behaviour.

Returning to work after a traumatic injury requires changes to expectations and responsibilities. The majority of individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury experience long-term disability of varying severity and require extensive rehabilitation and long-term care.

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