Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has made national headlines in recent years as the medical world began to fully comprehend the widespread impact of this condition. Neurologists like Dr. Mohammad Khan at Chandler Neurology and Sleep Disorders Associates, PC, have worked to bring to light the severe and far-reaching effects that come with TBI, helping patients get the treatment they need. If you’re in Chandler, Arizona, and you’ve suffered a TBI, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

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What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is a trauma that causes widespread damage in your brain as a result of cell damage, bleeding, bruising, and torn tissue.

TBIs are incredibly unpredictable and very dangerous, and in severe cases, they can cause irreparable damage and even death.

What are the common causes of a traumatic brain injury?

As the name implies, a traumatic brain injury stems from a trauma, namely a blow to your head or a concussion. Most TBIs are a result of:

  • Car accidents
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Combat
  • Falls
  • Violence

This list is merely representative of the many things that can cause damage to your brain, but the how is less important than dealing with the aftermath of such an injury.

What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

There are many degrees of a TBI, and the severity of your symptoms, as well as the duration, are the best indicators of whether it’s a mild, moderate, or severe injury. Immediately after a TBI, you may experience:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Balance issues
  • Sensory issues
  • Mood swings
  • Cognitive impairment

If you’re lucky, these symptoms resolve themselves over time as your brain slowly repairs itself. If you’ve sustained a moderate to severe TBI, however, you may experience these same symptoms alongside more severe side effects, such as:

  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils
  • Weakness or numbness in your extremities
  • Clear fluids that leak from your nose or ears
  • Unusual behavior
  • Sleep disorders
  • Coma

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should seek immediate treatment at Chandler Neurology and Sleep Disorders Associates, PC. Please note that if your symptoms are severe, you should call 911.

How do you treat TBIs?

Treatment of a TBI depends upon the severity of the injury. In mild cases, Dr. Khan typically recommends rest and patience. In severe cases, more urgent steps may be necessary. TBIs can be difficult to pin down because symptoms can be delayed, but the key to an injury to the brain is immediate intervention and vigilant monitoring, which Dr. Khan provides.

If you suspect that a blow to your head may have resulted in a TBI, call Chandler Neurology and Sleep Disorders Associates, PC, or request an appointment by filling out the online form.