September is recognized as National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. The main purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries and how to recognize, prevent, and treat it one if it occurs.
The most common type of head injury is called a concussion, which is known as a mild traumatic brain injury. These can happen to anyone, at any age that has experienced a blow to the head. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can include:
- Blurry vision
- Feeling tired
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Sensitivity to light
- Loss of consciousness
In most cases, people will recover from a concussion in a week to ten days, with adults usually recovering faster than children. While many times traumatic brain injuries can’t be prevented because they are due to an accident, there are a few things a person can do to protect themselves:
- Anyone who participates in a sport that has physical contact should wear proper head gear
- When riding in a car everyone should wear a seat belt
- Helmets should always be worn when riding a bicycle
- People who are prone to falling should walk with the assistance of a cane, a walker or have someone with them for assistance.
If you or someone you know experiences a head trauma, it is advised that they to be seen immediately by a physician or be taken to the nearest emergency room.