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Brain Injury Prevention 101

The brain is a precious, delicate organ that controls everything we do. That’s why it is so important to protect it from harm. Here are some steps for keeping your mind healthy and injury-free throughout your daily life.

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TBI vs. Concussion

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by a serious accident or act of violence. In almost all cases, TBIs require emergency medical assistance. Concussions are mild TBIs that typically cause temporary symptoms. Both require immediate medical attention.

Buckle Up for Safety

The leading causes of TBIs include vehicle accidents, falls, sports accidents, and gun violence. Prevention is the best medicine, so always remember to buckle up your seatbelt in the car and strap on your helmet while biking or playing sports.

Check Your Head

See a medical provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Vision loss or changes, such as light sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fatigue or sleepiness
  • Problems with thinking and learning
  • Confusion
  • Weakness or changes in coordination
  • Dizziness

Be Mindful of Your Progress

Concussion symptoms typically appear within the first week after the injury and may persist for up to three months. If they last longer, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss a treatment plan.

Stay On Your Feet

Slip-and-falls in the home account for nearly half of TBI-related hospitalizations, and older adults are most at risk. Protect yourself or a loved one by removing tripping hazards from the home and following the CDC’s STEADI method.