Violent pressure or a blow to the head can often cause brain injury. This can be caused due to a bullet, an accident or even a fall. It can lead to torn tissues, bleeding and other signs that point to internal damage. Loss of consciousness, difficulty in sleeping, persistent headaches, weakness and uncoordinated movements are some of the symptoms of brain injury. The patient may also develop cognitive and mental symptoms.
HOW IS BRAIN INJURY DIAGNOSED?
It's called the “invisible injury” for a reason: brain injury is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. The diagnosis of brain injury involves (CAT scans) looking for signs of brain injury, either through scanning devices like computer assisted tomography (CAT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), and X-rays, or through screening tools to measure areas of a person's speech, movement, memory, and thought. The people most qualified to diagnose a brain injury are emergency room doctors, neurologists, and neuropsychologists.
HOW IS BRAIN INJURY TREATED?
Mild brain injuries do not require any treatment except rest and over the counter pain killers and close monitoring for any persistent or worsening of symptoms. For severe brain injuries emergency treatment followed by treatment to damaged parts of brain are carried out.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rest and counseling helps recover brain injury faster.