Areas of Practice - Causes of Brain Injury
Citing March as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, with Awareness Day designated by Congress as March 16, readers are urged to participate in several activities to raise awareness of the consequences for victims of this devastating condition. Several suggestions are presented regarding these activities.
Not all brain injuries present themselves immediately. The wise course of action is to investigate their possibility. Readers are advised of three types of brain injuries that can develop and become major medical problems before the patient or doctor is aware of them. The article suggests an MRI or CT scan should be performed to rule out brain injury.
Most victims of automobile or vehicle accidents are impressed with obvious physical trauma. On many occasions, they have no complaints regarding head injury, even though they may have sustained brain damage. It is important that accident victims be advised to have brain trauma ruled out. It is wise to remember that any accident that causes major physical damage is also, at the same time, capable of causing brain damage.