Knowing the facts about TBIs can help you take the right steps to prevent these injuries or seek treatment if or when they happen. To that end, the following presents some of the most important facts to know about TBIs. The TBI statistics discussed herein are the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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The Facts about TBIs
- TBIs account for 1 in every 3 injury-related deaths – About 50,000 people in the U.S. die due to TBI complications every year in the U.S. Every day, that means that about 153 people are dying from TBIs.
- Falls are the number one cause of TBIs in the U.S. – Those who are most likely to experience falls and, consequently, suffer a TBI include children younger than 14 and adults older than 45. These falls can include same-level falls, like a slip and fall accident, or falls from heights, like falling down stairs.
- The head does not have to make contact with another object in order to cause a TBI – If a jolt or force is strong enough to shake the brain, it can cause the brain to smash into the side of the skull, causing damage and a TBI. Violent whiplash (in a motor vehicle wreck), for instance, can be a source of such force.
- Even mild TBIs can have enduring impacts – Mild TBIs, also known as concussions, can have treatable, fleeting symptoms, but that does not mean that there may not be lasting consequences. In fact, recent studies have indicated that mild TBIs can have cumulative effects.
- Sleeping problems, persisting headache and nausea/vomiting are common signs of TBIs – In younger children, symptoms of TBI can include inconsolable crying, refusal to nurse or eat, as well as nausea and vomiting.
- TBIs can increase the risk of other health complications – Those who sustain traumatic brain injuries can have a greater risk of developing other brain disorders, as well as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
- There are ways to prevent TBIs – For example, wearing helmets during sports or at work and wearing seatbelts when driving are two highly effective ways to reduce the risk of TBI. Another great way to prevent TBIs is to install certain safety features at home, particularly in the homes of the elderly, who are more likely to fall.
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