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Mild brain injuries can cause long lasting damage

People who are involved in minor fender benders or catastrophic collisions run the risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury. A sudden jolt to the head can cause whiplash, where the soft tissue of the brain hits against the hard interior of the skull. The resulting brain damage can range in severity, from mild to severe, depending on the force of impact, as well as what area of the brain was injured. Traditionally, more attention was paid to patients who suffered moderate to severe brain injuries, as this damage was thought to have more long-term effects. Research shows, however, that people who have mild brain injuries may suffer from long-term cognitive damage as well.

Iowa rehabilitation center receives equipment for brain injuries

After someone suffers a brain injury, their life many change in many ways. On top of forgetfulness, headaches and other physical and mental problems, brain injuries can also have a negative impact on peoples' financial future. In Polk, and other cities throughout the state of Iowa, suffering a brain injury may force someone to take time off work, which can result in financial hardships.

Signs of a brain injury

Damage to the brain is one of the most serious injuries a person can face. Since the brain is so delicate and yet vital to the function of the entire body, trauma to it may result in life-long consequences. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors who operate on or near the brain make mistakes that may cause damage. Therefore, it is extremely important for patients in Iowa and their loved ones to recognize the signs of brain injury and report them immediately.

What is traumatic brain injury?

Injuries to the brain are always a serious matter. When your head is struck in some way or something happens externally to produce damage to the brain, it is considered a traumatic brain injury. These injuries can range from mild to severe. You may even have experienced a TBI if you have ever had a concussion. According to Medical News Today, TBIs account for one-third of all deaths related to injuries.

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