Did you know that according to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are a leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)?1 Falls also account for the largest number of Traumatic Brain Injury related visits to the emergency room and increased hospitalizations.2 Physical therapists can help in limiting the impact of injuries dues to falls.
Another Traumatic Brain Injury is a concussion which can damage brain tissue along with producing an chemical imbalance of the brain.3 The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 2 million concussions occurred in the United States in 2010 (latest year for CDC statistics).1
A Concussion is a TBI that can occur from a variety of causes at any age:3
- Whiplash from a car accident
- An accident at the workplace; falling or experiencing any type of head trauma
- Being on the receiving end of a blow to the head
- Falling off a swing on a playground
- Sports related injury
- Physical abuse
A TBI can have a range of short/long-term issues that affect:1
- Cognitive Function (memory/attention)
- Motor function (impaired coordination/balance)
- Emotion (anxiety, impulse control, aggression)
- Sensation (vision, hearing, impaired perception)
With regards to falls and concussions, it is very important to seek out medical help!
Physical Therapists can evaluate symptoms and most often diagnose if a concussion is present. Physical Therapists can determine the best safe recovery program; regain strength and endurance; reduce or stop dizziness and balance problems; reduce or eliminate headaches; and help individuals return back to their regular activities and sports.
At Live Your LifeTM we encourage you to Live your Life CONCUSSION FREE and we are here to help you with effective interventions to prevent injuries.
Dr. Eva Norman
President & Founder
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Live Your LifeTM
1Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/severe.html Accessed to March 3, 2016
2Get the Stats on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/BlueBook_factsheet-a.pdf Accessed to March 3, 2016
3Physical Therapist’s Guide to Concussion http://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail.aspx?cid=4f2ebb00-f1c0-4691-b2ab-742df8dffb99 Accessed on March 3, 2016