HEAD INJURIES AND ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS

Half of the approximate 7 million non-major head injuries occurring annually in the US stem from motor vehicle accidents (MVA's).  These head injuries, although generally mild, give rise to a wide variety of symptoms and events, and they 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 prominence of headaches following head trauma. Recent studies suggest that relatively minor head injuries can result in more severe headaches than the more severe head injuries.

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