HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Wesley Medical Center.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Anyone can suffer a TBI, it can happen on the sports field, in your home, or on the job.
According to the Centers for Disease Control an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. More than 5.3 million children and adults in the U.S. live with a lifelong disability as a result of TBI. The leading causes of TBI are falls (35 percent), traffic accidents (17 percent) and striking or being struck by an object (16.5 percent). The most common form of TBI is mild TBI (also referred to as a concussion) and the vast majority of these occur at home.
Each year nearly half a million (473,947) children between the ages of 0 and 14 are treated in emergency departments for TBI-related injuries;
TBIs are most commonly sustained by children between the ages of 0 and 4, adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19, and adults age 65 and over; and
TBI rates are higher for boys than girls.
One of the most important steps in TBI treatment is rest, which allows the brain to physically and mentally recover, and removes the risk of suffering another concussion while the brain is healing. Early diagnosis of TBI, as well as evaluation, and treatment can shorten down time and lead to the best possible outcome for those entrusted to our care.