Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shattering Common TBI Myths

Some people think that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) happen when the person is knocked out and wake up with no memory at all about what happened. While this is true in some cases, TBI can manifest in other ways. Here are some common misconceptions about TBI:

•Blunt-force Impacts – The truth is even repeated minor hits can accumulate and become problematic later on in life. Not all brain damages are caused by blows or impacts, though, and in fact exposure to toxic and poisonous substances, or even just lack of oxygen, can both result to brain damage. Abuse of drugs, certain infections, as well as development of tumors and other neurological illnesses can also be factors for acquired brain damage.

•Passing Out – While loss of consciousness is a very alarming sign, not all concussions result to fainting. It is estimated that only 10% of concussions result to fainting, so you can never be too sure.

•Walking Off – As a brain injury lawyer would point out, some brain damages develops over time. The effects of the impact can take months or even years before signs are observed. This is what commonly happens to most athletes or victims of domestic abuse. 

•Periodic Rises – Unless advised by the doctor, there is no reason to rouse an injured person at certain intervals, and not let him or her get continuous rest.

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