Traumatic brain injury affects many Texans after motor vehicle accidents as well as other accidents like falls and sports injuries. Although many people associate brain injuries with younger athletes and veterans, in fact, it is adults over 65 who are at greatest risk for dying of a traumatic brain injury.
Misconceptions about brain injury
While a traumatic brain injury often results in immediate and dramatic symptoms like loss of consciousness, confusion, disorientation, nausea and headache, it can also cause unexpected symptoms. Many brain injury patients report unusual sensory problems like ringing in the ears or altered taste and smell.
Delayed emergence of some symptoms
Some symptoms may not appear for days or weeks after the injury itself. People who experience fatigue, memory loss, visual disturbances or sleep problems well after receiving an injury to the head may be experiencing delayed brain injury symptoms. These symptoms may indicate that a fall or a blow to the head was more serious than the person may have initially thought.
Post-concussion symptoms can cause long-term problems
While some people recover completely from a traumatic brain injury, others experience problems that last a long time. Damage to nerves that emerge from the brain can alter sensation and result in difficulties like hearing loss or difficulty swallowing. Some brain injury patients may experience changes in their cognitive skills, like difficulty concentrating and remembering.
The symptoms and effects of traumatic brain injury often do not appear immediately after the injury. While medical professionals prioritize treating immediate symptoms, they also remain watchful for delayed symptoms. Follow-up medical care is essential to patients to ensure the best possible recovery after a brain injury.