31 Jul Wear A Helmet: Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Be Life-changing
A traumatic brain injury suffered during an automobile accident is one of the most life-changing injuries you can sustain from a car crash. It is also one of the leading causes of death during a car crash and, according to government data, the number of traumatic brain injury cases has risen dramatically in recent years.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 150 people die each day from head trauma accidents. Those who survive could have a full recovery within a week to 10 days. On the other hand, for many people, the injury to the brain and the impairment in daily living skills – from behavior to mood swings to cognitive abilities – is permanent.
The best advice for everyone, many journals say, is to protect yourself as best you can to avoid this type of injury. “Those who survive a TBI (traumatic brain injury) can face effects that last a few days or the rest of their lives,” says the CDC.
At-risk are cognitive skills, which include attention, problem-solving, memory, but also includes compromises to movement, balance, and coordination, control of emotions, sight, and hearing.
Colorado Accident & Injury Can Help
At Colorado Accident & Injury we provide a wide range of services under one roof to give our patients convenience along with a coordinated, teamwork approach to patient care. Our focus in forming and operating the Colorado Accident & Injury clinic is to give patients a variety of services working together and, if needed, referrals to the proper specialists outside of our office.
Our clinic, first of all, provides patients with a multi-dimensional approach to diagnostic care and documentation. After a car crash, it is not only critical to recovering as quickly and fully as possible, it is important to document each injury fully in case of any legal challenges the patients may need to undertake.
At Colorado Accident & Injury, we provide five key services for automobile accident victims. These include chiropractic care, physical therapy, clinical pain management, physical therapy, and neuropsychology.
Symptoms of Head Trauma
Many symptoms of head trauma can arise, indicating mild to severely compromised functioning. Most symptoms of mild blows to the head – injuries that don’t involve losing consciousness – will allow for a full recovery within a week to 10 days, sometimes longer. Moderate and severe cases, however, are often too serious to expect much recovery at all.
- Mild Symptoms
- Reduced mental functioning that shows up as disorientation, forgetfulness, inability to remember words
- Inability to control moods – including disjointed moods going quickly from one mood to another
- Burred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Slurred speech
Head trauma cases are often described as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild cases include no loss of consciousness, while moderate and severe cases generally include some period of unconsciousness. Server cases could also include the patient falling into a coma state or drastic impairment to brain functioning, mood control, or sensory loss.
At Colorado Accident & Injury, our team includes expert neuropsychological services to help diagnose and document brain injuries. Call 719-917-1000 for an appointment.