Every year, millions of people in the United States suffer brain injuries. A bump, blow, jolt, concussion or other head trauma can cause a wide range of short-term and long-term damage to the delicate tissues of the brain.
Mild traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of changes which affect thinking, sensation, language and emotions.
MTBI can happen to anyone, at any time:
Half of all MTBIs arise from motor vehicle accidents. Military personnel in combat zones are also at risk, and MTBI can be associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
People with severe injuries usually require several forms of rehabilitation. Even with mild traumatic brain injury, several therapies are appropriate, in addition to the consequences and adjustments to a person's day-to-day life. Changes in brain function and compensations for new physical realities can have a dramatic impact on family, work, social and community interaction.
Each year, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury, and that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic brain injury. To a lesser—but no less impactful degree—MTBI is disruptive for many more millions of Americans.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) has many possible symptoms, which can range from subtle to devastating:
In these video interviews, Dr. Denton offers advice for those looking ahead after a brain injury and discusses core therapies: