Any injury to the head can be a huge concern to those involved, and when traumatic head injuries occurs, it is best to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. This is because traumatic head injuries can lead to a wide array of symptoms that can emerge as a result of the injury, even months afterwards. It is advisable to know what to look for, so that treatment can be given at the appropriate time.
So what are traumatic head injuries? Anything that causes damage to the head is classed as a traumatic head injury, and they can be of the closed head injury kind, in which the skull remains whole, or open head injury which occurs when the head is pierced by an object, causing injury to the brain tissues. These injuries may be the result of a motor vehicle accident, a huge percentage of head injuries are, or a fall, attack, or an accidental blow to the head. Whatever the cause, whenever there is trauma to the head, great care should be taken.
Since the brain is responsible for running so much of our lives by monitoring blood pressure, temperature, letting us think, imagine, dream, deals with messages from our 5 senses taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing, helps us walk or sit or run, etc, it is easy to see how any damage to the head could result in terrible results. Traumatic head injuries can lead to death, or comas, paralysis, speech disabilities, sleep disturbances, inability to concentrate, blurred vision, headaches, neck pain, and the list goes on.
Brain cells are damaged or degenerate as the result of a traumatic head injury, and these cells are not able to regenerate. However, there is always hope, because in some cases, a different area of the brain will step up to compensate for the injured area, which is quit amazing. This means though, that the specialists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, are never totally sure about the recovery chances of any patient. Remember that every patient is unique, with unique injuries too, and a different way of handling the challenges of brain injury.
But surely hope is a good thing, because it means that there is always hope, hope for the patient, and hope for the family having to deal with the numerous problems of caring for a traumatic brain injured person. Hope can bring about many good things, the will to live, and the will to try new things. Take that hope away, and the results can be devastating, with the patient losing the will to live.
The specialists will put together a rehabilitation program for the brain injured, to help them relearn "forgotten" actions, and to help them learn to rethink if necessary. The process can be hugely time consuming, with no definite promise of success, but remember hope, and bring hope to all the situations with any traumatic brain injury.