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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury services offered in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Lake Worth, Pensacola, Tallahassee and PANAMA CITY, FL, Brunswick, Savannah and Pooler, GA and Bluffton, Greenville and North Charleston, SC

Nearly 300,000 people are hospitalized for traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. At Medicus Spine & Joint in Brunswick, Georgia; Mount Pleasant and Bluffton, South Carolina; and Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida, a group of esteemed TBI specialists offers comprehensive care, including evaluations and ongoing support. Book your evaluation now by calling the nearest office or clicking on the online scheduling feature. 

Traumatic Brain Injury Q & A

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury occurring after sudden trauma causes brain damage. Every TBI is unique, with widely-varied symptoms. Symptoms can appear right after the traumatic incident but could also take days or even weeks to start. 

What causes TBIs?

TBIs can occur in many ways, but the most common non-fatal cause is falls, comprising 35% of all TBIs. Motor vehicle accidents and blows to the head are the next most common causes of TBI.

What are the signs of a traumatic brain injury?

Some of the most common symptoms of a TBI are: 

  • Fainting, usually for only seconds
  • Amnesia around the period before the TBI
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vision issues
  • Change in speech, like slurring 
  • Disorientation
  • Slow thinking 
  • Being easily confused 
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Loss of balance
  • Headaches
  • Unusual sensory issues, like an odd taste in your mouth 

Severe TBIs can cause more intense symptoms alongside other issues like repeated loss of consciousness and seizures. 

Because TBI symptoms aren’t always apparent immediately after the traumatic event, it’s crucial to schedule a TBI assessment after any trauma.

What is a traumatic brain injury assessment?

A TBI assessment evaluates your brain to determine whether you have a TBI. You’ll have tests to check your:

  • Reflexes
  • Thinking
  • Motor function
  • Sensory function
  • Coordination
  • Eye movement 
  • Balance

You may also need imaging tests, like CT or MRI scans, to check for severe problems like brain bleeds.

What does traumatic brain injury treatment involve? 

Medicus Spine & Joint offers patients comprehensive TBI support. In addition to timely TBI evaluations following injuries, they stay up-to-date on the latest brain injury research and treatment options to provide you with the best resources and supportive care throughout your recovery.

You’ll receive customized recommendations to help you heal after your diagnosis. In most cases, rest is the most critical thing during your recovery.

Depending on the severity of your TBI, you may need medications such as anti-seizure drugs to prevent seizures in the week following your injury. Most people who suffer a TBI need rehab, including physical and occupational therapy, to grow stronger and relearn the things they may have forgotten.

If you or a loved one experiences a fall or blow to the head, schedule your TBI evaluation at Medicus Spine & Joint now. Click the online scheduler or call the office nearest you for expert guidance.