A blow to the head can disrupt the normal function of the brain. This can occur even when there is no visible damage. Concussion is the most common form of brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms can be missed or misinterpreted by the individual family members and even doctors. People may appear fine even though they're acting or feeling differently.
Every brain injury is different because the brain is very complex. Traumatic brain injuries can adversely affect many functions we take for granted every day, including speech, vision, balance, logic and memory.
After a brain injury or concussion, be alert for symptoms that may not show up for days or even weeks after the injury. An adult should go to the emergency room, see their doctor or call 911 if they experience any of the following:
If you answer yes to the following questions, talk to your doctor about getting help:
For more information on falls and prevention, contact the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.