Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex and broad name for a variety of head and brain injuries. TBI is defined by the Mayo Clinic as, “Occurring when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction.” Traumatic Brain Injury is usually caused by a blow to the head, or hitting ones head on the ground.

TBI affects up to 1.4 million people annually in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 deaths and 235,000 hospital admissions. TBI is the number one cause of death and disability in Americans under age 35, according to the CDC.

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Unfortunately, because the brain is so complex, TBI affects each person a little differently. Because of this, treatment options vary and some are more effective than others. However, there has been a lot of research going into this type of injury, which is helping us learn more about the long-term affects of TBI.

One such study involves eye-tracking technology to help identify where there is dysfunction in the brain. This is an important development. Most testing for TBI involves CT Scans or MRIs. However, those will only let you know if there is something physically wrong, but doesn’t address how your brain functions. This study showed that you could tell how well your brain functions based on your eye movement. It’s an important step to identifying when there is brain dysfunction that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Another new study from the Wake Forest School of Medicine showed that it doesn’t require concussions or TBIs to alter the brain. Even after just one season of high school football, players developed impact-related changes to the brain. This study shows that any contact sport, such as football, can affect brain development, even in the absence of a major head injury.

The Journal of Adolescent Health released a study earlier this year showing that teens with a history of concussions were three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion. It also showed that a history of concussions leads to higher levels of ADHD and have difficulty controlling their moods, especially anger.

It is now widely accepted that Traumatic Brain Injuries, including concussions, are very serious injuries that have long-term affects on your health. If you have suffered brain injury of any kind, it’s important to take the proper steps to address any underlying problem. If you are proactive and seek out brain injury specialists, you can speed your recovery and have a better chance of getting back to full health.

At Owen, Patterson and Owen, we have over 30 years of experience representing people who have suffered brain injuries. If you have suffered a brain injury and want to know about your options for getting compensation for your injuries, please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295. We offer a free consultation to help you understand your options.