Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a condition that manifests with a wide range of symptoms. These injuries can lead to physical and psychological problems which can be mitigated by seeking prompt and appropriate treatment. If any of these concussion symptoms manifest after blow to the head, a fall or an auto accident make sure to seek medical treatment. Additional information can be found on the TryMunity website.
Symptoms of Mild Injury
These are among the most common concussion symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury. Though the injury is classified as mild, these symptoms should still be taken seriously if they occur in conjunction with an accident or soon after:
- Loss of balance
- Confusion and disorientation
- Loss of consciousness, even for a few seconds
- Depression or anxiety
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Sleeping too much
- Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or other sensory problems
Symptoms of Moderate and Severe Injury
More severe injuries will result in more marked concussion symptoms. Watch for any of the symptoms described above in addition to the following:
- Loss of consciousness lasting several minutes or hours
- Difficulty waking up
- Seizures or convulsions
- Loss of coordination
- Marked confusion
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Numb or weak extremities, especially fingers and toes
Symptoms in Children and Older Adults
Falls are common causes of injuries in both young children and older adults. In fact, people 75 and older have the highest rate of hospitalization due to TBI of any age group.
Infants and young children also manifest the changed sleeping patterns described above and may cry persistently and change their eating habits. Older adults may manifest concussion symptoms such as confusion, loss of balance and dizziness but be unable to recall the injury occurring.
Information is Available
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