Traumatic brain injury - get the Facts

September 4, 2018

*What is a TBI?

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury).  Most TBIs that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions.

If you experience the following symptoms you should seek medical attention:

  • Age younger than 2 years

  • Vomiting

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Severe mechanism (cause) of injury

  • Severe or worsening headache

  • Amnesia

*Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention