Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death among those ages 1-44. While the severity of TBIs varies from mild to moderate to severe, every victim of TBI should be evaluated by a physician.
The most common type of TBI is a concussion. The most common symptoms of concussion are attention and memory problems, headaches, and fatigue. Other symptoms include dizziness, vomiting/nausea, and trouble balancing.
To find out if a patient has a concussion, a doctor will ask about these symptoms and evaluate the patient’s alertness, attention, speech, memory, and reaction time. A CT Scan or MRI may also be ordered.
In most cases, the prescription is rest, both physical and cognitive. Generally, recovery times vary from a few days to a few months.