Every 9 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury.
More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain a brain injury each year, but the total incidence is unknown.
Brain Injury Awareness Month, observed each March, was established to educate Americans about the incidence of brain injury, the needs of people living with brain injuries and their families. Caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to short- or long-term changes that affect thinking, sensation, language, or emotion.
The month of focus provides an opportunity to bring attention to the prevention of traumatic brain injuries and to promote strategies to improve the quality of life for persons living with a TBI and their families. Whether the injuries occurred as a car operator, a vehicle passenger, a pedestrian or even someone riding a bicycle or motorcycle struck by another motor vehicle, people are entitled to proper care, rehabilitation, time for recovery and peace of mind.
According to the CDC, “One of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a TBI related disability. The annual impact of TBI in the U.S. is significant: At least 2.8 million people sustain a TBI 2.2 million are treated for TBI in Emergency Departments and Trauma Centers 280,000 are hospitalized 50,000 die.”
There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force, like a car or bike accident. Traumatic impact injuries can be defined as closed (or non-penetrating) or open (penetrating).
Non-Traumatic Brain Injury
Often referred to as an acquired brain injury, a non-traumatic brain injury causes damage to the brain by internal factors, such as a lack of oxygen, exposure to toxins, pressure from a tumor.
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