The brain is the most complex part of the human body and although it is protected by the skull and cushioned by the surrounding cerebrospinal fluid, an abrupt blow to the head or a rapid acceleration/deceleration from a car wreck can cause severe injuries. The skull can protect the brain from penetrating trauma, but it does not absorb all the impact of a violent force.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Traumatic Brain Injuries, also known as TBIs or intercranial injuries, are defined as an injury to the brain from an external force. These injuries can cause brain dysfunction and associated neurological and cognitive impairments.
Nearly 100,000 people each year experience a life-long disability as the result of a traumatic brain injury. And, even what may be deemed a mild concussion cannot be taken lightly, as it is still a brain injury. Because of this, neurosurgeons and other brain-injury experts emphasize that although some concussions are less serious than others, there is no such thing as a “minor concussion.”