When you have the whiplash, motion, either side to side or forward, there’s a liquid, and you can, of course, you know a lot more than I do. We just help people recover from their injuries. But, a liquid inside that protects the brain a little bit but, because of the impact, it crashes back and forth into the skull walls, but if you can just kind of elaborate more on what you’ve seen on the traumatic brain injuries. Well, the brain is swimming in the fluid. There is a number of structures that are anchoring the brain down to the neck, et cetera. And those are the structures that tend to be stretched by the motion of the brain inside the skull. In this, deceleration injuries, you’re going at 80 miles per hour and all of a sudden, you’re at zero miles per hour.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Your brain wants to keep going. And when it does, it stretches a big number of possible structures inside your skull that can cause the traumatic brain injury. It could be even bleeding from that. Now, and I’ve heard the statistic, and I don’t know how true this is, 70 to 80% of CT scans miss traumatic brain injury, cause CT only shows if there’s hemorrhaging or blood in the brain, but, have you heard anything of each, CT scan has a very low sensitivity for traumatic brain injury, unless there is a bleed, which is, thankfully, not very common because of how strong the skull is. You don’t see evidence of traumatic brain injury in a CT scan, which is what is typically performed in ERs. What do we see, what are common, if somebody was out there, what are the common symptoms, I guess, I would ask, if somebody said, and, you know, we’ve heard, “I just don’t feel right”, or, “I feel dizzy.” What have you found is the most common symptoms, what do you, traumatic brain injury.
Time of the Accident
Well, the patient would have an initial loss of consciousness at the time of the accident and then when they come back they, as you said, they don’t feel right, they feel dizzy, they feel this vertigo-like everything is moving around. They can have a severe headache. And then, which is the most concerning, is that these symptoms may dissipate initially, and then they would start having chronic symptoms of traumatic brain injury which would even include emotional liability, problems like that, yeah.
So, a lot of times, focusing, maybe connecting with loved ones, you know, vertigo, standing up, mood swings, okay, stuff like that. Yeah, cause a lot of people, I think that they’re not really thinking about this traumatic brain injury issue, but it is happening, because even at low impacts, we’ve seen that it does affect people’s mood, they just don’t feel right, in the field. They feel off, that we’ve heard. They don’t understand what is happening. Nobody’s told them they could have a traumatic brain injury. And they just can’t back to their lives and they don’t know why. Call 813.421.3411 for more information.
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