An injury to the head is never a simple matter. Depending on the traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis, it can either be mild, moderate, or severe. Thankfully, the human body has some protection from trauma, such as the human skull, which provides adequate protection for the brain inside it. According to the CDC, 70% to 90% of TBIs evaluated in the Emergency Department (ED) are considered mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) or concussions. As such, chances of concussion recovery are greater with early intervention. However, to obtain an objective diagnosis of concussion, patients need immediate medical attention to assess the injury’s severity.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump or impact to the head that disrupts the brain's normal function. According to the CDC, most TBIs that occur each year are mild and sometimes called concussions. Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) can cause changes in brain activity, leading to headaches, fatigue, disorientation, and irritability. A concussion is medically defined as a clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient alteration in brain function.