Brain Injuries

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brain injury, brain damage, concussion, coma  

A brain injury, also known as a closed head injury or concussion, is usually caused by direct trauma to the head.  What many people do not realize is that direct head trauma is not always necessary for a person to suffer a brain injury.  For example, a severe rear end collision causing a person’s neck to whip forcefully backward and forward, can result in brain injury.

Brain injuries can run the continuum from a slight headache to coma.  Regardless of the severity, great care must be taken to know the signs and symptoms of brain injury and to treat them accordingly.  There are a constellation of symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of brain injury, e.g. headache, dizziness, disorientation, nausea/vomiting, difficulty with attention and focus, mood swings, personality changes.  This list is not exhaustive. 

Brain injuries can last a lifetime.  In the event you are in an accident and suffer any of aforementioned symptoms, make sure that you consult with an appropriate health care provider, such as a neurologist.  Should you have additional questions, give me a call today at:  206-632-6500.