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Brain Injuries

Brain Injuries, also known as a traumatic brain injury is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Brain injuries can happen from sports, car accidents, or general accidents. Symptoms of a brain injury can be immediate or delayed. This can include blurry vision, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. If you have an infant, symptoms may include crying persistently or be irritable.

There are an estimated 2.8 million people treated for traumatic brain injury in the United States each year. Children from 0-4 years and teenagers from 15-19 years are at the highest risk of brain injuries.

Facts about Brain Injuries

• Males are twice as likely as females to sustain a traumatic brain injury.
• Using a seatbelt when driving or helmet when playing a sport is the best way to avoid a brain injury.
• A blow to one part of the brain can cause damage throughout the whole brain.
• A concussion is a mild brain injury but can lead to a traumatic brain injury if not treated or monitored properly.

Brain InjuriesWarning Signs of a Brain Injury

  • Trouble thinking or remembering - not being able to focus or remember a task
  • Problems Sleeping - not being able to sleep or consistent tossing and turning
  • Slurred Speech - not being able to form sentences or slurring of words
  • Problems with vision or hearing - not being able to see or hear clearly

Treatment for Brain Injuries

Treatment for a traumatic brain injury can include seeing a specialist, medications, surgery, treatment plans. If you or a loved one is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, contact a Neurologist at First Choice Neurology today. We have several locations throughout Central, Eastern, and Southern Florida.

Brain Injury Videos

Concussion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. It is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion appear shortly after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. If signs or symptoms get worse, you should go to the hospital right away.

Concussion Symptoms

• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems
• Confusion
• Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

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Memory Cafe

First Choice Neurology’s Memory Cafe is a virtual community for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory issues, caregivers, and family members. Our virtual Memory Cafe offers educational materials, videos, support groups, a list of Neurologists, a virtual library, clinical trials, and other resources for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory issues

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