Note: During March, we recognize Brain Injury Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we’ll be posting blog entries around this topic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control , “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually.”
A traumatic brain injury results when someone sustains a bump, blow or jolt to the head. It can also be caused when an object penetrates the skull. During a TBI the brain collides inside of the skull, causing bruising, bleeding, tearing of the tissues or other physical damage. This can result in extended periods of unconsciousness or amnesia, or even death.