Is it a concussion? Learn how to determine the severity of your Brain Injury…

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.

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