Whether a person has a “mild,” “moderate” or “severe” traumatic brain injury (TBI) is governed by the Glasgow Coma Scale. A score of 13-15 is a “mild” injury, a score of 9-12 is a “moderate” injury, and a score of 8 or less is a “severe” injury. 75% of brain injuries are considered “mild.” The consequences of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) frequently are not mild and, in some instances, never go away. Some signs and symptoms of a MTBI include: transient confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness or altered consciousness, memory dysfunction, headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue and poor concentration. According to the CDC’s Report To Congress On Mild Traumatic Brain Injury In the United States, “MTBI is a public health problem, the magnitude and impact of which are underestimated by current surveillance systems.”
“This article from therapist Luann Jacobs is the most concise and comprehensive description of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury that I have read, as a MTBI survivor. MTBI can be caused by strokes, wounds to the brain, tumors, diseases, concussions (whether from explosions, contact sports such as hockey and football, auto accidents, or falls), and anything which compromises the circulatory or neurological functions of the brain.” James Billingsly about: MILD BRAIN INJURY: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE by Luann Jacobs, MA-CCC/SLP RMT Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington Hospital
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