Traumatic brain injuries are eight times more common in the U.S. than AIDS, breast cancer, MS, and spine injury combined, but most Americans still do not fully understand the dangers affiliated with these types of injuries. There are many popular misconceptions regarding TBI that can lead to further injury or even death.
Common TBI Myths
- TBI only occurs when you lose consciousness – FALSE! In fact, only about 10-20 percent of people who suffer a brain injury reported losing consciousness.
- Recovery from TBI is quick, especially in children – NOPE! It is true that many individuals make a full recovery from a concussion within a few days, but to say everyone is so lucky is extremely dangerous. TBIs vary depending on the patient and recovery can last any amount of time; some may never fully recover. Children with TBI often take longer to fully recover and require more treatment.
- Helmets prevent TBI – INCORRECT! Helmets are designed to do their best to protect your head, and often they do, but helmets do not work every time. Especially hard hits can crack a helmet and your head, leading to massive trauma.
- If you look fine, you are fine – NO! It is possible for people suffering even the worst brain injuries to appear fine at first. Continuing about the day after a head injury because you don’t see any obvious signs such as bleeding or an open wound is very risky. Brain injuries and bleeds can occur under the surface and have no external signs.
- Mild head injuries are not debilitating– WRONG! Even the mildest TBIs can have long-lasting physical, intellectual, social, and emotional consequences. The victim may suffer from a number of symptoms from mild TBIs, including but not limited to the following: amnesia, trouble concentrating, confusion, slow thinking, difficulty speaking, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and insomnia.
Do not hesitate to consult a doctor after sustaining a head injury. A traumatic brain injury is not the sort of thing you want to take lightly.