Traumatic brain injuries are more common than many Arizona residents may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 2.5 million reported cases of traumatic brain injuries in 2010 alone. That 2.5 million included hospitalizations, visits to emergency rooms and fatal accidents. Approximately 50,000 of those diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury died that same year.
Our skulls are designed to protect the sensitive brain tissue inside, but they can only do so much. Serious head injuries, referred to as traumatic brain injuries, are one of the most severe types of injuries and can result in brain damage and lifelong complications for the victim.
It is estimated that between 1.8 and 3.8 million Americans will suffer from concussion symptoms each year. Individuals experiencing concussions often suffer from a condition known as vestibulopathy.
Brain injuries remain unpredictable. The diagnosis of a brain injury or concussion may not be straightforward. Also, diagnosis may be complex. It can include use of neuroimaging or cognitive testing, and the cognitive testing can take several hours to complete.