March is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Arizona, and it's a time to focus on what brain injuries are and how the effects of a traumatic brain injury can impact a person's life.
Traumatic brain injuries are more common than many Arizona residents may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 2.5 million reported cases of traumatic brain injuries in 2010 alone. That 2.5 million included hospitalizations, visits to emergency rooms and fatal accidents. Approximately 50,000 of those diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury died that same year.
Our skulls are designed to protect the sensitive brain tissue inside, but they can only do so much. Serious head injuries, referred to as traumatic brain injuries, are one of the most severe types of injuries and can result in brain damage and lifelong complications for the victim.
The recovery process after a traumatic brain injury can often take a long time, in large part because bleeding and swelling can prevent the brain from functioning properly while it heals. This can make it so that a person is unresponsive, unable to open their eyes or otherwise unable to interact. However, when the swelling does begin to lower, these things could change.