March is Brain Injury Awareness month- Here’s what you need to know and the help you can get if you or someone you know lives with a brain injury. Digital Correspondent Sarah Macias talks with Dr. Johnson on this topic.
Hi everyone. I’m Sarah Macias with real news Communications Network. Happy Wednesday today. I’m here with Dr. Al Johnson Wood Johnson Medical Associates. We’re here to talk about the month of March. The month of March is brain injury awareness. First of all, let’s start off with what is brain injury.
Well, brain injuries when your brain gets shaken up and it could be from all kinds of different injuries, whether it’s from. Falling down and hitting your head which initially is a concussion it can cause blowing breathing bleeds which then causes increased pressure in your brain and you need surgeries in some cases of stop it.
So we have concussions from trauma automobile accidents give brain injury. You can have sports injuries, which get hit in the head with a basketball football. You have repeated head injuries and some people where they get repeated concussions. A lot of times brain injuries are slow to recover and concussions 30 percent of people that have concussions continue to have symptoms 30 days.
So you think it’s just a short-lived thing, but it’s not it’s where the brain tissue is damaged and does not function. What right and the CDC reports that there are 1.5 million Americans who live with TBI which is traumatic brain injury each year. What age group is the most at risk or is there an age group that’s most at risk?
Well, every J age group is at risk from infants that fall off. Or fall down while they’re trying to walk at their heads on the counter to senior citizens that are unsteady on their feet pass out fall hit their heads. So every age has a risk factor to it. It is not just delegated to Clumsy people and what if someone were to you know far get hit on the head and they’re like, oh this isn’t a big deal and they don’t really.
Think twice about it. Is there a possibility that they’ll feel symptoms maybe later not right away or how does that work? Yes symptoms can be delayed. Where you get sensitivity to light blurred vision difficulty in speaking difficulty and thinking persistent headaches fatigue all those brain functions.
Can be part of the whole head injury situation and you may have a few symptoms after you hit your head. But then the next day they may be persistent where you can’t tolerate loud noises and you can’t think very well and you feel tired and you get some dizziness if those symptoms occur. It’s best to be evaluated right away because it may be more than just a concussion you can.
Have a bleed from where you lacerate an artery in your head which put with which puts pressure on your brain and it can kill you and for some people do brain injuries heal. Do they go away? Well brain injuries typically. Resolved slowly if you have a concussion and some mild concussion symptoms may go away within a few days many times though.
They persist traumatic brain injuries where you have open head wounds where it’s affected part of the brain then besides time. You can use Hyperbaric to help recover. You from a concussion from a traumatic brain injury and what it does it helps the tissue that’s damaged heal. It helps it heal faster.
So we’re in The Strokes say patient. You have an area that’s dead and an area of cells around it that are idle you wake those idle sails up and the same way with a head trauma situation. I see quite a few vets that have had traumatic brain injury and most of those are percussion injuries where they’ve been exposed to a blast and it’s had pressure on one side shove their brain one way and then it pops back the other similar to just what you get in an automobile accidents that called a coup-contrecoup injury.
Where the brain goes back and forth and rattles on both sides of your skull and creates then damage to the brain tissue. And what about for the caregivers? Do you have any advice that you can you can give them? Well, the carried the rivers need to be understandable. They need to understand the person be compassionate because a lot of times the person may appear like they know what’s going on or that they understand but they may not because of the middle.
Changes that they have the capacity to understand so a person’s personality changes their awareness changes, then they really need to be followed up with a doctor at that point. The big thing is if you’re not making progress or you want early intervention hyperbaric oxygen treatment, which.
Treatment where you’re in a chamber like a chamber they used to treat diving accidents. You’re under pressure under percent oxygen creates increase oxygen to the brain 10 to 15 times depending upon the pressure, and it helps heal the brain decreases the swelling decreases the inflammation and you get recovery quicker with it.