Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury from a car accident happens more often than most people realize. Often a patient will describe feeling “being out of it” or “foggy-headed” immediately following a car crash, along with a headache, dizziness and often, nausea. These are great descriptions of the early effects of a mild traumatic brain injury.

Concussion vs. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Often people wonder what is difference between a traumatic brain injury and a concussion? The terms concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) are many times used interchangeably. Both terms describe injury to the brain; however, with respect to an auto accident, mild traumatic brain injury is often considered a more correct term to use.

How Traumatic Brain Injury Occurs in an Auto Accident

Put an over-ripe peach in a jar and shake the jar back and forth quickly. What happens to the peach? You probably guessed correctly: it bruises easily.

Did you know that your brain is the consistency of soft butter and it sits in a hard bowl of bone called your skull? Now, think about your brain being shaken about in your skull by the sudden and violent whiplash motion of your head and neck in a car accident. What do you think happens to your brain? It gets injured much like the peach did in the jar. And that is, in a nutshell, how a traumatic brain injury happens.

You Don’t Have to Strike Your Head to Get a Concussion

It is important to note that we didn’t have to smack the jar against anything to bruise the peach. The simple motion of shaking the peach back and forth forcibly in the jar produced the bruising. In the same respect, you don’t have to hit your head against anything in a car accident to get a concussion.

You Don’t Have to Lose Consciousness to Get a Brain Injury

Despite popular opinion, you don’t have to get knocked out to injure your brain in an auto accident. It is far more important to evaluate and monitor the symptoms of a concussion following car accident trauma with Dr. Birk, rather than simply relying on whether you thought that you lost consciousness in determining whether you suffered mild traumatic brain injury.

Concussion Symptoms

Here are some of the most common signs of mild traumatic brain injury:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Memory difficulties
  • Poor concentration
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Changes in vision

Have You Been Hurt in an Auto Accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident, please contact Woodbridge chiropractor, Dr. Ruminder Birk immediately at (905) 264-9355. It is important that your injuries are thoroughly evaluated and identified early, so that you can begin healing as quickly as possible and facilitate your overall recovery back to health.