According to a recently released study, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have now been linked to the onset of several debilitating diseases. Commonly associated with birth trauma, car accidents, and sport's injuries, TBIs have now been shown to set off a neurological process associated with Alzheimer's, sleep apnea, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and Parkinson's disease.
Complicating matters, TBIs are often difficult to detect and may be initially overlooked. Brain injury symptoms that occur as a result of sudden trauma such as a car accident or birth trauma may not manifest for several months, prolonging treatment and rehabilitation.
Although it may be difficult to prevent malpractice or other injury accidents from occurring, educating yourself about the signs of TBIs can help reduce the likelihood of requiring significant lifelong care.
Signs to look for include:
• Memory lapses
• Blurred vision
• Speech difficulties
• Loss of consciousness
• For infants, developmental delays