Traumatic Brain Injury Facts
When most people think of brain injuries, they think of carefully bandaged heads, comas, and scenes from books and movies. In reality, traumatic brain injuries are extremely varied and not always clear-cut. Brain injuries can be as shocking as a gunshot wound to the head, or as subtle as a mild concussion during a soccer game in which the player does not even lose consciousness. But both of these injuries can lead to serious, long-term, and permanent disabilities such as memory loss, vision problems, migraines, and personality issues.
Here are some facts about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that everyone should be aware of:
· Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability across the world.
· According to the CDC, 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury every year - however, these numbers are low. Many more people suffer traumatic brain injuries that do not seek medical help.
· 5.3 million Americans live with the long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury every day. These people need help each day with normal activities or suffer from debilitating thinking, sensation, motor, and emotional issues stemming from their serious injury.
· Traumatic brain injuries can even cause other brain-related diseases later in life - even decades after the trauma has occurred. Brain injuries and brain damage has been linked to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy.
· Brain injuries are most common in those aged 15 to 24 - and more common in males than in females. Brain injuries are also common among the very old and very young - the under 5 years of age and those over 75 years of age.