A traumatic brain injury, often called TBI, can happen when you experience a bump, blow or jolt to the head. The effects of head trauma can be minimal – lasting only a few days – or life-changing. TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the U.S.
The most common causes of TBI include falls, violence (being struck by or against something), car accidents or sports injuries. Concussions are fairly common among athletes.
Symptoms of TBI range from mild to moderate to severe, depending on the level of damage to your brain. Some symptoms occur right after a head injury, but others may not appear for days or even weeks after trauma.
If you have a moderate to severe TBI, you may experience some of the same symptoms listed above. Other signs of a severe TBI may include:
It’s important to be aware of the symptoms to watch for and continue to monitor them several days after the injury. Talk to your Mercy doctor, even if you feel fine.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including:
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: