As you go about the grind of your daily life, it’s easy to not think about the sacrifices that have been made — and continue to be made — by those wearing U.S. military uniforms overseas. With Veterans Day being celebrated on November 11, it is important to take a moment to honor their sacrifices and understand the lasting consequences that they live with each day as a result of living through war.
After suffering a spinal cord injury (SCI) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may be difficult to figure out how to move forward with your life and focus on what you can do instead of any limitations. There is so much information you need to know that it may seem somewhat overwhelming at times.
Medical researchers are constantly working to find ways to more effectively treat various forms of brain damage. Many of these treatments can sound unusual, but may prove surprisingly effective at helping survivors of traumatic brain injuries recover. One such unusual-sounding treatment is the use of brain cooling therapy to treat hypoxic brain damage.
Head injuries are particularly worrisome for a number of reasons—especially ones that result in traumatic brain injuries. Not only are these injuries highly dangerous in the short term, but they may have devastating long-term effects.
There are many different kinds of brain injuries that can occur, but some of the worst injuries are the ones that affect multiple areas of the brain. Shaken-brain injuries arising from car accidents and other violent impacts have a risk of becoming diffuse axonal brain injuries.
Brain injuries of any kind can be frightening to deal with, whether it’s you or a loved one who has suffered such injury. It can be hard to adjust to life following a traumatic injury, but there are ways to cope—and knowing what to expect from such injuries can help make the coping process easier on everyone.
The brain depends on oxygen to perform even the most basic functions. Without it, the brain quickly ceases to function. And if oxygen deprivation continues, death or permanent brain damage take just a few minutes. Hypoxia is the deprivation of oxygen to the brain, and is one of the deadliest injuries. Even people who survive hypoxia may experience lifelong aftereffects.
Given that it is the most complex organ in the body and the epicenter of the central nervous system, any direct injury to the brain can have serious long-term effects. Truly, a traumatic brain injury -- that is, one that “occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction” -- is among the most serious, dire injury that an individual can experience.
Whenever a spinal cord or brain injury strikes, it’s not surprising for both the individual affected and those who care about him or her to be in shock over the incident. After all, despite the all-too-common causes that often result in such tragic circumstances, no one ever thinks something so harrowing and unexpected could happen to them. Once it actually does, a flood of considerations are liable to rush to the surface, most notably the well-being of the patient in question.
Brain bleeding, which is alternatively known as brain hemorrhage, denotes a kind of stroke that results from the bursting of arteries in the brain. The burst of the arteries leads to localized bleeding in the tissues around the brain and the bleeding could cause the damage to brain cells.
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