Brain Injury

When you first hear the term “brain injury”, what comes to your mind? Do you think of a hospital? Do you imagine a horrific car accident? Do you picture someone who is helpless and cannot care for themselves? Can you imagine how your life would change if you survived a tragic accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? How would your life change then? Who would be there to help you?

These are all thoughts that commonly come to mind when we think of a TBI. However, those who have suffered or are caring for a survivor have much different questions. Question like:

  • Will my ability to speak return?
  • Will my husband ever be the same again?
  • Will my child be able to recover and live a normal life?
  • Why did this happen and could it have been prevented?
  • Are there any treatments that result in full or even partial recovery?
  • How much will treatment and ongoing care cost?

Brain injuries are known by many names like, concussion, open head and closed head injuries, and even stroke. Others may sound more clinical such as anoxic brain injury, frontal lobe damage and diffuse axonal brain injury. However classified, over 1.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year resulting in over $60 billion dollars in medical costs and lost productivity and wages – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the majority of brain injuries are caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents rank a close second leaving no specific age, gender or ethnicity free from risk. For those who survive, recovery efforts can be quick and successful........ or last a lifetime.

With Brain Injury Awareness on the rise, more focus is being given to prevention, recognition and response. Aid and support groups continue to grow in numbers to provide the help survivors and families need and centers for medical excellence continue to pursue research to speed recovery for brain injury survivors.