A brain injury occurs when an external factor disrupts the normal function of your brain. For example, falls, car accidents and other traumatic events can all result in a traumatic brain injury.
The Brain Trauma Foundation states that every year in the U.S., 2.5 million people sustain a brain injury. This type of injury can have consequences that last for only a short time or create a disability that threatens your ability to do normal daily activities.
After a serious accident that results in a TBI, you may experience a wide range of physical, sensory and cognitive symptoms. These may include a headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness or sensitivity to light and sound. You may also have a hard time concentrating, endure significant mood swings or undergo loss of consciousness.
Not only do the symptoms of a TBI vary from person to person, but they can appear nearly any time after the accident. For example, you may only exhibit symptoms shortly after the accident, or symptoms may not show up until days or weeks later.
When to see a doctor
You should seek emergency medical assistance right after an accident if a significant jolt or bump to your head occurs. You should also see a doctor right away if you experience extreme fatigue, have a hard time maintaining consciousness or experience a debilitating headache.
The treatment you receive for a TBI will depend on the injury’s severity. No matter how significant the injury is, you should diligently monitor your symptoms and make a careful, slow return back to normal life.