Heads Up: Researchers See Link Between Orthopedic Injuries and Minor Brain Injuries

Lacerations and broken bones often occur as a result of a car accident or sports injury. A new article suggests doctors treating patients for orthopedic complaints should also investigate the possibility of minor brain injury.

Mild brain injuries have been called a silent epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Frustratingly complex, a mild brain injury can appear after any blow or jolt to the head, including a slip and fall. A mild brain injury may include these features:

  • The rapid development of temporary neurological impairment may occur, including memory deficits, which may resolve spontaneously.
  • Disturbances in function, rather than discernible injury to the structure of the brain — imaging tests usually appear normal.

Mild brain injuries do not necessarily cause loss of consciousness.

Because there is no loss of consciousness or no severe decline in function, many people do not realize they sustained a brain injury. In an article published in the October issue of the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the authors posed the following points:

  • Mild brain injury (mTBI) is a significant health problem associated with musculoskeletal injury.
  • Because orthopedic doctors diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries, they can play an important role in diagnosing, treating and referring patients suffering from mTBI.
  • Symptoms of mTBI include headache, fatigue, memory loss and other cognitive symptoms.
  • Undiagnosed mTBI can result in long-term socioeconomic, cognitive, financial, educational and other difficulties.

If you or a loved one is injured in any accident, speak to your physician about the possibility of sub-concussive trauma or a mild brain injury. Intervention at the outset gives you a heads-up on future challenges you may face.

Neurological injury affects how we think, feel and live. Do not suffer in silence. If you are injured due to the negligence of others in California, speak to an experienced injury attorney in San Jose.

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