Updated: Jul 6, 2020
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a wide variety of symptoms and subsequent disabilities. The impact on a person and his or her family can be devastating. TBI's are most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries or simple falls. Concussions are also common causes of TBI resulting in symptoms which may be overlooked or dismissed. Symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome can persist long after the initial injury. The deficits associated with head trauma may vary depending on the type of head trauma and the severity of the injury.
What are some symptoms of a TBI?
Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Headache that gets worse and/or won’t go away
Repeated vomiting and/or nausea
Ringing in ears
Convulsions or seizures
Inability to awaken from sleep
Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
What problems can occur after a TBI?
People with a brain injury often have cognitive (thinking) and communication problems that significantly impair their ability to live independently. Some of the problems with social communication might include:
Taking turns in conversation
Maintaining a topic of conversation
Using an appropriate tone of voice
Interpreting the subtleties of a conversation
Responding to facial expression and body language
Keeping up with others in a fast-paced conversation