Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) usually results from a bump, flow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. In recent years it has become a more common injury among military members as well as the general public.

A Traumatic Brain Injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Mild traumatic brain injury may affect your brain cells temporarily, where a person may or may not lose consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. A person with a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury can sustain bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain, along with long-term complications or loss of life.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms can appear immediately or weeks to months following a Traumatic Brain Injury. They vary according to the severity of the injury.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Full recovery can be within minutes to hours although a small percentage have symptoms that may persist months or years. Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury may include:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
  • Headache, dizziness, confusion, lightheadedness
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Blurred vision or tired eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Trouble concentrating, attention, thinking, and memory problems
  • Behavioral or mood changes, including irritability

 

Moderate and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

A person with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury may show the same symptoms as a mild injury, but also may evidence:

  • Loss of consciousness with the injury, for an hour to a day
  • A headache that gets worse and does not go away
  • Repeated nausea and vomiting
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • An inability to wake from sleep
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of eyes
  • Weakness or numbness in the extremities
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slurred speech, sensory, vision and cognitive deficits
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation for days to weeks
  • Mental or physical deficits that can last months or be permanent
  • Difficulties with attention, memory, concentration, and impulsiveness

Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury at the Yang Institute

The Yang Institute uses a variety of therapies to treat Traumatic Brain Injury that are specific to each patient.