Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): What Is It, Causes, Types

Traumatic Brain Injury is a serious condition and can have a major impact on a patient’s quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that there are more than 60,000 TBI deaths each year. Many more people see their quality of life greatly impacted by Traumatic Brain Injuries. Residents in or near Howell, Livonia, & Novi, MI worried about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can visit Rehabilitation Physicians.

There are three main types of TBI:

  • Mild TBI or Concussion- A common injury that can result from falls, car accidents, contact sports, and many other things.
  • Moderate TBI- Has more lasting effects than mild TBI and may require intensive medical care. Can be caused by car accidents, hard falls, physical assault, and hard strikes to the head. Can also be caused by penetration, such as a bullet.
  • Severe TBI- Often requires long-term medical care and extensive recovery. Can be caused by car accidents, bullets, physical blows, etc.

With mild TBI, a person can often recover at home with rest. Of course, even with a minor concussion, it’s important to have medical professionals check the person’s health. A seemingly minor incident can quickly worsen. Residents near Howell, Livonia, & Novi, MI recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) should visit Rehabilitation Physicians.

Ultimately, however, the Centers for Disease Control note that moderate and severe TBIs account for most deaths and approximately 90 percent of all medical costs associated with TBI.

What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?

A Traumatic Brain Injury is an “acquired” condition, which means it results from an event, not a disease. This event causes damage to the brain tissue and indeed can lead to brain damage. Ultimately, the damage done to the brain will determine if it is mild, moderate, or severe.

We’ve already mentioned some of the most common causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Essentially anything that causes a bump or jolt to the head could result in TBI. Likewise, anything that penetrates the skull, say a bullet or arrow, could also produce TBI.

In practice, falls account for roughly half of all traumatic brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In the United States, most deaths from TBI are associated with firearms-related suicide. Motor vehicle crashes and physical assaults also rank among the most common causes.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, including a concussion, it is wise to speak with medical professionals. If you're not sure if you or a loved one have suffered an injury, it's important to check in with medical professionals who can examine any potential injury. Early treatment may prove vital.

Live in or near Howell, Livonia, & Novi, MI and recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? Dial (248) 893-3200 to speak with the medical staff at Rehabilitation Physicians.

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