Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Individuals often change after experiencing a brain injury, even a mild one. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses mild traumatic brain injuries and some of the symptoms associated with them.

Dr. Hill:

Mild traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by some type of outside force. It is similar to a concussion. It may result from a fall or car crash, from an object hitting your head, or it may occur during some sports.

With this type of injury, a loss of consciousness, amnesia or changes in your mental state usually occur.

Headaches are the most common symptom. You may also have nausea, blurry vision, dizziness, fatigue, sensitivity to light or trouble sleeping. Most of these symptoms usually improve within 24 hours. You may have problems thinking or focusing, or notice changes in your behavior and physical health. Repeat injury may lead to more long-term or even worse symptoms.

Your doctor will monitor your activities and make sure you get enough rest while you slowly return to your daily routine. Your doctor may also prescribe medicines or other treatments to ease your symptoms. If your symptoms persist, you may need to see a specialist.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.