A TBI is caused by some kind of blow, jolt, or other injury to the head. Even a concussion is considered a TBI. TBI symptoms vary widely from “mild” to “severe” and may affect a person’s ability to work, go to school, or participate in social activities. A TBI can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to lead an active, fulfilling life.
While TBIs are all caused by some kind of blow, jolt, or other injury to the head, every TBI is unique. Even a concussion its considered a TBI. Your symptoms may be very different from those of others who have had a similar injury. Understanding some of the things you might experience can help reduce stress during a challenging time. Be sure to talk to your doctors and other health-care providers about any new or changing symptoms.
Every TBI needs to be taken seriously and treated by medical professionals (even a mild concussion) as symptoms can worsen and major complications can arise days, weeks, or even months after the initial injury—often with little warning.