Car accidents can cause all kinds of injuries. A concussion, for example, is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which could be considered a “serious injury” in New York State. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a concussion as a brain injury that can happen when someone has a head injury such as in a car or truck accident. During the accident, when someone’s head is bumped or jolted, that can cause brain trauma, also known as mTBI.
Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can vary and may include the following:
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Sleeping problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Blurred vision
Treatment for mTBI may vary depending on the severity of the injury and the specific symptoms being experienced. Some possible treatments for mTBI include:
- Rest and sleep: It is important to allow the brain time to rest and heal after an injury.
- Over-the-counter pain medication: Pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be helpful in relieving headache and other types of pain.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help improve balance and coordination, and may be recommended if the individual is experiencing problems with these functions.
- Occupational therapy: Occupational therapy can help individuals with mTBI return to their daily activities and may be recommended if the individual is experiencing difficulty with tasks such as bathing, dressing, or cooking.
- Counseling: Counseling or therapy can be helpful for individuals with mTBI who are experiencing emotional or psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, or mood changes.
- Medications: In some cases, medications may be prescribed to manage specific symptoms such as sleep problems, anxiety, or depression.
- Neurorehabilitation: Neurorehabilitation is a type of treatment that helps individuals with brain injuries improve their cognitive and functional abilities. This may involve a variety of therapies, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
- Follow-up care: It is important to follow up with a healthcare provider after an mTBI to monitor symptoms and ensure that the individual is recovering properly.