Brain injuries in adult patients often can be difficult to identify, diagnose and treat. Cases of brain injury involving children can be even harder to determine. Whether in Virginia or elsewhere in the country, such injuries can permanently disable or even kill a patient. Knowing what to look for in a child can help determine whether treatment for a traumatic brain injury is needed.
Often, in the aftermath of a Virginia accident, it can appear that the victim is physically unharmed. In the past, it might have been presumed that such a person was indeed unaffected by the accident. But, it is now a common practice to examine the individual because the person may have suffered some sort of closed brain injury, which is rarely apparent on the surface. This is a common reaction from whiplash of the neck.
Most Virginia residents may have heard of the term sport's concussion, which is actually a brain injury caused by a blow, bump, or a jolt to the head. A concussion may also occur when the body receives a blow, which results in the head moving back and forward. The damage can be serious and may even result in long-term disability. A post from a few weeks back talked about the lawsuit settlement between the National Collegiate Athletic Association and some former players, who suffered on-field concussions.
Many Virginia residents are big fans of college football. Often, college players are as popular as professional football players. However, football is also inherently dangerous for the players. Head injuries sustained during a football game are common. Sadly, many of those injuries result in brain injury, which can lead to long-term problems.
Virginians may be surprised to hear that traumatic brain injury is the primary cause of death in people below age 40. Brain injury may be caused by a motor vehicle collision, an accidental fall or an injury to the head by any means. When a traumatic brain injury occurs, expedited treatment can be the difference between life and death. To help improve treatment of injuries that cause excessive bleeding, a new medicine, a compound called Tranexamic Acid, is used by the Department of Defense to treat the worst injuries sustained by soldiers. The medication has earned the approval of the FDA, and now one hospital will start using the treatment as part of a study.
Traumatic brain injury is a major health issue for many people in Roanoke, Virginia, and other parts of the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million TBIs occurred in 2010 as an isolated injury or coupled with other injuries. TBI is one of the major causes of death and disability in the United States, contributing to a third of all deaths from injury. According to the statistics, every day 138 Americans die from injuries which include TBI in some form.