What Is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?
Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), or concussion, is a condition caused by injury to soft structures in the brain, often resulting in long-term consequences. It can occur when the head sustains a violent impact, such as a sports injury, or when the head is involved in a forceful motion, such as whiplash experienced in a car accident.
Fortunately, 75% of traumatic brain injury cases are mild. They are caused by direct trauma, including rapid acceleration and deceleration. This results in prolonged symptoms, also known as Post-Concussion syndrome.
Diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI
Unfortunately, TBI is widely underdiagnosed. There is no single test that definitely able to confirm the diagnosis including CT scan and MRI. While major trauma to the brain is obvious enough, mild TBI may not be apparent on diagnostic imaging, including MRI and CT scans, and can leave you unaware that your symptoms are actually a concussion.
For example, if you are in a car accident, you may be seemingly unscathed but have actually sustained a mild TBI due to whiplash. Or, you can sustain a mild traumatic brain injury while participating in contact sports as the result of a fall, a tackle, or collision with another player.
Mild TBI can result in a brief change in mental status such as confusion, disorientation, and/or loss of consciousness. This typically lasts less than 30 minutes. When those symptoms subside, you may believe that the concussion does not need further treatment. However, symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks after a brain injury and can last for many years when left untreated.
Signs of TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury
There is a wide array of physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that occur with TBI. The signs of mild TBI may be misdiagnosed as mental illness, as you may look and act normal but suffer from internal changes in the brain that predispose you to depression, anxiety, and other issues that affect mental wellness.
Also, a person may have seizures – but this is not common. Loss of consciousness may or may not be present after a traumatic brain injury. Here are some more symptoms of the post-concussion syndrome after a traumatic brain injury.
Common Mental and Physical Symptoms of TBI Might Include:
- Problems in focusing and concentration
- Sensitivity to light
- Memory problems-Forgetfulness and short term memory recall
Get Help Today!
Diagnosing TBI is a complex process, and it’s best to seek a medical professional. If you want an understanding and thorough doctor at your side, call EHC Buffalo or use the online scheduler to make an appointment.