Brain Injury Facts
Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability globally and thus is of major public health importance. Brain injury specifically, TBI, is more common than breast cancer, spinal cord, HIV / Aids, and multiple sclerosis (MS) combined.
A Concussion is a Brain Injury. A concussion can change the way the brain normally functions. It can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or the body that causes the brain to move within the skull, resulting in altered brain functioning.
You cannot see a concussion. Even what might seem to be a mild bump to head could be serious. If an individual experiences one or more of the signs and symptoms after incurring a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body seek immediate medical attention informing them of the symptoms present and the injury sustained. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until hours, day or weeks after the injury.
Take extra care and precaution with young children. If they’re just not acting right, crying or all of a sudden having trouble in school, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion
- Temporary loss of consciousness or unresponsive
- Lack of awareness to their surroundings
- Impairment in memory and with concentration
- Dizziness and/or vomiting
- Nausea and/or vertigo
- Feeling stunned, dazed or confusion
- Difficulty with following conversation and/or directions
- Balance and/or orientation problems
- Fuzzy, double or blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Headache, pressure in head, neck pain
- Changes in emotions, personality
- Depresses mood, increased irritability or anxiety
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Trouble sleeping