Statistics show that an average of nearly 1.5 million people sustains traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States yearly. Of those, around 35,000 are located in South Carolina. TBIs are caused by a violent blow or jolt to your head or body. While some people make a full recovery, others are left with permanent effects such as cognitive, emotional, and verbal impairment. Sometimes these symptoms can take days, weeks, or months to develop.
How to Avoid a Traumatic Brain Injury
17.3% of TBIs are caused by car accidents, while 35% are caused by falls. To avoid traumatic brain injuries, one should always wear a seatbelt and practice defensive driving. Also, refrain from using a cell phone and never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Another external cause for brain injuries includes sports-related injuries. Nearly 10% of TBIs arise due to recreational activities. Be sure to supervise children who are playing and always wear the recommended safety gear when playing sports to protect yourself from any accidents or injuries that can incur.
Unfortunately, assaults make up another 10% of brain injuries. If Possible don’t walk alone during late-night hours and stay in well-lit areas. Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are a victim of domestic violence, please reach out to the proper authorities or a safe house to remove yourself from the situation. Dial 211 for more resources.
Young children, teenagers and seniors are most likely to sustain a TBI. If you or a loved one has an accident, make sure to see a doctor as soon as possible! While you may seem fine at first, these bruises on the brain, also known as contusions, develop and cause swelling.