Brain Injury: Are You Having Symptoms Following a Car Accident?
The term Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage or destruction of brain tissue due to trauma. Damage may occur when the head whips forward and back or from side to side, which can cause the brain to hit the inside of the head. This jarring trauma bruises brain tissue and can damage blood vessels, mainly because the inside surface of the head is rough and uneven.
An injury to the brain does not always result in loss of consciousness, although that is undoubtedly the result of severe head trauma. Common symptoms that the brain has been traumatized include headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Other significant symptoms to watch for include blurred vision, dizziness, and sensitivity to lights and sounds.
The lasting effects of traumatic brain injury can go largely unrecognized, but can greatly impact daily life. These symptoms include problems with speech/slurring, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, feelings of anxiety and/or depression, trouble with concentration, and agitation.
If you have any of these symptoms and you think they were caused by trauma, you should seek immediate treatment.