Head Injuries

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Head injury refers to trauma of the head. This may or may not include injury to the brain. However, the terms traumatic brain injury and head injury are often used interchangeably in medical literature. The incidence (number of new cases) of head injury is 300 of every 100,000 per year (0.3% of the population), with a mortality rate of 25 per 100,000 in…
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Head Injuries and Associated Symptoms
Half of the approximate 7 million non-major head injuries occurring annually in the US are estimated to be caused by motor vehicle accidents (MVA's). These head injuries, although mostly mild, give rise to an assortment of symptoms and events and frequently affect higher levels of cognition and personality.

Symptoms include:
  • headache
  • scalp pain and hypersensitivity
  • blurred vision
  • balance and coordination impairments
  • memory impairment
  • language and task handling difficulties
  • slowed reaction times
  • ringing of in the ears
  • reduced attention span and patience
  • earlier fatigue and mental stamina
  • sleep disturbances

Unfortunately, symptoms continue to persist in some victims leading to a condition known as "Chronic Postconcussion Syndrome". (note: a concussion is a loss of consciousness or lessening of mental processes following a direct or indirect head trauma)

Another interesting point to note is the paradoxicalness of headaches following head trauma. Recent evidence suggests that relatively minor head injuries seem to result in more severe headaches than the more severe head injuries.
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