Mild brain injuries—which can include concussions—are injuries in which part of the brain’s neurons, the axons, sustain microscopic damage that can have a widespread impact on physical capabilities, cognitive function, and emotional stability. The brain is the command center of the body, so even damage that seems isolated and limited can have a number of effects on a patient. With mild brain injuries, patients often underestimate the extent of their injuries, because the term mild is a misnomer when it comes to the immediate and lasting symptoms of the injury. Mild brain injuries are so-named, because they are caused by blunt trauma or rapid forces of acceleration or deceleration to the head rather than more severe physical trauma. Below, you can see why these injuries should still be taken seriously despite their name.
Immediate Brain Injury Symptoms
Right after a brain injury , a person may look totally fine, but he or she could have symptoms like nausea, short-term memory issues, loss of awareness of surroundings, dizziness, or a headache. When these symptoms are present, it is important to seek immediate medical care to get a CT scan or MRI that will reveal the exact site of the injury as well as its severity.
Long-Term Injury Effects
It may take several weeks or even months to recover from a brain injury, and ongoing symptoms can be tough to cope with. For a significant period following the initial trauma, a patient may have a persistent headache, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety or depression, tinnitus, poor concentration, sensitivity to light and sound, and lightheadedness.
Living with a Mild Brain Injury
Ongoing neurological care and rehabilitation will be beneficial following a mild brain injury. Throughout the recovery process, there may be both good days and bad, so it is important to identify when it is time to sit out from regular activities and get some extra rest.
If you suspect that you have suffered a brain injury, the ER at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide rapid and reliable care with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies. To explore more about our ER or get a physician referral with a neurologist in our network , call (877) 888-5746 and speak with one of our registered nurses.