Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions are more common than you might think. When a vehicle is involved in a crash their is usually damage to the vehicle- and the force that is involved in the collision is frequently transferred to the occupants ( driver and passengers) in the vehicle. This force of the collision beside causing a quick violent acceleration then deceleration of the occupants neck and spine can also frequently cause the brain to move violently forward then back inside the skull-causing a mild traumatic brain injury.
People are becoming more aware of post-concussion syndrome with the publicity over the NFL’s concussion crisis. Physicians are hopefully becoming more aware of it as well -as in my experience over 40% of the patients that we see for whiplash injuries following motor vehicle crashes also have some mild traumatic brain injury symptoms -such as headaches ,dizziness, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping,fatigue ,anxiety,tension , difficulty concentrating , memory issues , decreased sense of smell or decreased sense of taste, etc.
Early documentation, diagnosis, treatment of all whiplash injuries can usually help an injured person regain their precious health and return to work and regain their normal life. Your brain, brain stem and spinal cord comprise your central nervous system (CNS). The central nervous system controls and coordinates every function of your human body from shaking hands ,to walking, to digesting food, to high level cognitive functions and it even your heart beat and respiration. With all of these extremely important tasks controlled and coordinated by your central nervous system -it is easy to see why any injury to your brain can be so important to detect. In our office we perform tests and use a questionnaire designed to alert us if a person may have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.
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