A brain injuries occurs when there is an injury directly to the head. Depending on how severe the injury is, a person who has been in a car accident can sustain a mild, moderate or severe brain injury. A mild brain injury can affect your brain cells. More serious injuries to the brain can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain. These injuries can result in long-term complications.
The symptoms of a brain injury can vary from headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, sensory issues (unable to smell or ringing in the ears), memory difficulties, mood changes, slurred speech, loss of coordination and weakness in the fingers and toes. Once a brain injury is identified, it is measured by being mild, moderate or severe depending on the symptoms and the strength of the impact.
Not all brain injuries are alike. Some people think a brain injury is identified as solely a severe change in your mental, physical or behavioural state. You may experience a mild injury where you have a brief change in your mental state, a moderate injury is a longer change in state or brief unconsciousness and severe brain injury is classified under memory loss and an extended period of unconsciousness.
The best thing to do is to see your family doctor or visit a walk-in clinic. Along with a physical exam and some imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI, your doctor will be able to diagnose you and let you know what your next steps should be for recovery.
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