A traumatic brain injury or TBI occurs when you suffer a blow to your head. The injury can be penetrating or non-penetrating. Some of the instances of a traumatic brain injury are injuring the head during an automobile accident, falling while playing football and similar sports, wound from a gunshot, and others. These injuries may vary in terms of severity. You must take immediate action upon suffering from them.
What are the Symptoms of TBI?
The symptoms of TBI differ in terms of the severity of the condition. In some cases, they may appear immediately after the event. In other cases, symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks. Some of the most common symptoms that you may experience include headache, dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, pain in the neck, blurry vision, slow reflexes, loss of consciousness, etc.
If the condition is a little moderate, symptoms like a lasting headache, dilated pupils, lasting nausea, problem walking, speaking, waking up, slurred speech may appear.
What are the Different Types of TBIs?
It occurs as a result of a hard fall or hit to your head. A concussion jars your brain, thus leading to trauma or shock. You do not lose consciousness but feel off-balance.
It is a bruise on your brain which causes swelling and bleeding. It may not be visible on your skin.
It happens when your skull cracks upon impact. The broken bones can even cut your brain and lead to severe injuries.
This type of TBI causes bleeding inside your skill. Over time, it collects and clots. The symptoms do not appear for weeks.
What is the Treatment of TBI?
The treatment of traumatic brain injury depends upon the severity of the injury that you have suffered. For all the mild traumatic brain injuries, we will suggest rest and a few over-the-counter painkillers to address your headache. We will ask your family members to monitor your daily activities closely.
If the injury is severe to moderate, you may want to opt for emergency care to treat all your brain injuries. We will ensure that you have enough oxygen and blood supply to maintain your blood pressure and prevent further injuries. In some cases, we may also recommend surgery to minimize the additional damage to your brain tissues.
Traumatic brain injury also requires rehabilitation. We may recommend therapy and learning basic skills like walking, talking, etc., to improve your daily activities.
Please reach out to our clinic in Hayward, San Jose, Fremont, or San Ramon to have a consultation with our doctor, Dr. Ibrahimi. Please call us at (669) 235-4188 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.