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Information to give your doctor after a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury is not always easy to diagnose. Patients frequently don't exhibit outward signs of an injury, and if they don't provide the right kind of information to their physicians, the medical provider might not issue the appropriate diagnosis. This could lead to the patient not receiving the right kind of treatment for his or her injuries.

What's the medical definition of a brain injury?

Brain injuries are common following car accidents, which involve strong centripetal forces. When a vehicle gets into a collision, any bodies inside the vehicle will continue to move forward at the same rate of speed until something inside the car stops them. That could be a seat belt, the roof of the car or the dashboard. The body could get ejected from the vehicle out one of the windows. This action of stopping the body quickly -- no matter how it stops -- can result in traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Does aging have an impact on brain injuries?

One difficulty of brain injuries, particularly among youth, is that as individuals grow and age, they impact victims in unknown ways. Initially, when a child has a brain injury, it may not significantly impact his or her day-to-day life due to his or her parents being present to care for him or her. Later in life, when the individual has to live independently, the brain injury's symptoms could turn out to be significant enough to impact daily life.

What symptoms have you suffered from a brain injury?

Suffering from a brain injury is common after a serious car accident. The gravitational forces involved in a collision can throw the human body -- and your head -- around the inside your vehicle in a violent way. Even if your head doesn't impact any part of the vehicle, the jerking movements of a crash can incite a brain injury.

Amnesia: From forgetting days to losing a lifetime

Memory loss is difficult enough when it's simple things from day to day. When memory loss is more than forgetting where you put your keys or not remembering you had an appointment, it becomes hard to live your life normally. In some cases involving head trauma, individuals lose their ability to remember who they are or lose entire years of their lives.

How is a brain injury measured?

After a brain injury, it takes time to heal. Some people may never fully recover, but even after recovery slows, there's still some healing that takes place. Brain injuries occur whenever there is a documented loss of consciousness, skull fracture, abnormal brain scan due to trauma, post-traumatic seizure activity or amnesia in most cases.

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