In the United States, 99,000 people each year will sustain permanent damage from brain contusions. Car accidents are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI); sports or physical activities are the second most common cause; and assaults are third. For those who are over age 65, falls are the number one cause. Shaken baby syndrome is another form of TBI.
If you sustain a head or spinal cord injury, take it seriously. Loss of consciousness, even if just for a second, requires an immediate visit to the doctor. Watch for the following symptoms:
- Decreased movement
- Nausea, vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Increased drowsiness
- Change in pupils
- Confusion about the time or date
- Memory loss
- Numbness or tingling
- Change in personality
- Other emotional and behavioral problems
If any of these symptoms occur, see a doctor immediately.
Learn more about traumatic brain injuries from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) >