A traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually results from a violent blow to the head (such as from car accidents, falls or sports injuries) or inertial forces (whiplash so severe that it jars the brain until it bumps up against the rough, bony interior of the skull). A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain surgery, which may be one reason people don’t take TBIs as seriously as they should. In fact, even a concussion can have long-lasting effects.
A severe TBI can be devastating, resulting in everything from loss of career, family, and independence to the affected person’s own sense of usefulness and self-worth. Once this elusive injury is detected, we can get to work. We may find TBI manifesting in symptoms such as difficulty in retrieving words or cognitive changes with attention, memory, and planning. Fortunately, it is never too late to work together and find ways to either rebuild lost functions or compensate for what was lost with use of strategies and building new skill sets.
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