Traumatic Brain Injuries
National Brain Injury Awareness Day
The month of March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and March 22, 2017 is National Brain Injury Awareness Day. Sadly, here is our office we see this type of injury way too often. A slip and fall, a car accident, a sports related injury, assaults and a host of other reasons that may result in an injury to the brain that can change someone’s life FOREVER!
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not an event or an outcome. It is the start of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. People who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management, and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent, and satisfying lives.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. The impact on a person and his or her family can be devastating. Traumatic brain injury, often referred to as TBI, is most often an acute event similar to other injuries. That is where the similarity between traumatic brain injury and other injuries ends. One moment the person is normal and the next moment life has abruptly changed.
In most other aspects, a traumatic brain injury is very different. Since our brain defines who we are, the consequences of a brain injury can affect all aspects of our lives, including our personality. A brain injury is different from a broken limb or heart attack. An injury in these areas limit the use of a specific part of your body, but your personality and mental abilities remain unchanged. Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries. Recovery is a functional recovery, based on mechanisms that remain uncertain. No two brain injuries are alike and the consequence of two similar injuries may be very different. Symptoms may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury. One of the consequences of brain injury is that the person often does not realize that a brain injury has occurred.
Brain Injury Facts and Stats
- More than 3.5 million people of all ages sustain an acquired brain injury each year, but the total incidence is unknown
- An acquired brain injury is any injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative or induced by birth trauma. Some example of this are electric shock, infectious disease, lighting strikes, near drowning, oxygen deprivation, seizure disorders, stroke, substance abuse, toxic exposure, tumor, etc.
- More than 12 million Americans live with impact of an acquired brain injury. A traumatic brain injury is a subset of acquired brain injury and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
- At least 2.5 million people of all ages sustain a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year.
- 50,000 die because of a TBI each year
- Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a TBI
- One in every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a TBI-related disability.
- Every day, 137 people in the U.S. die because of a TBI-related injury.
- At least 5.3 million American live with TBI-related disabilities
For more information regarding resources, awareness, statistics, and research please visit the Brain Association of America at www.biausa.org.
Note: Statistics and information used in this blog post/article, were taken from materials provided by the Brain Injury Association of America.
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