When a person is in a coma or has suffered a serious brain injury, the medical team might assess the patient's condition. The Glasgow Coma Scale is one tool that can be used to assess patients. This scale provides a score of 3 to 15, which indicates the person's prognosis.
Last week, we discussed some of the effects of brain injuries. If you recall, those effects can be long lasting, life altering and very serious. What some of our readers might not realize is that the effects of a brain injury aren't always apparent right away. In some cases, the effects of the injury might not show up for weeks or months after the injury occurs. That can make life even more challenging after a brain injury.
Brain injuries can affect every aspect of a person's life. While many people might focus on the cognitive and physical effects of a brain injury, some brain injury victims might also suffer from emotional effects of the injury. All of these effects can come together to cause dramatic changes in the victim's life. Additionally, they can also cause dramatic changes for their loved ones. Understanding some points about how the brain injury can affect each of these areas might help those coping with a brain injury.
Two researchers at the University of Kentucky have made some interesting findings on the effects of concussions on young athletes. They studied the emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms that young athletes develop after their injury. They studied 37 athletes ages 12 to 17 years old.
Suffering from any type of brain injury can have an impact on the rest of a person's life. In some cases, the impact is minimal and life returns to normal. When the impact is significant, the long-term effects can be devastating. Research being done by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency might lead to a lessened impact of traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries are a growing concern in the United States, with 1.7 million new cases seen each year. 90,000 of these cases are so serious that they cause long-term disability. Kentucky residents likely know that brain injuries can be caused by car accidents, workplace accidents or sports injuries. Trauma from roadside bombs has been so common in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts that brain trauma has been called the "signature injury" of those wars.
Kentucky families who have loved ones who suffered from a brain injury may be interested to learn that according to a report, scientists have found that they may be able to measure a person's brain response using a magnetic pulse, which may indicate to them to determine the awareness of someone who has suffered a closed head injury or other traumatic brain injury. Determining the consciousness of a person who has suffered severe brain trauma in an accident is often challenging due to the inability of people to respond.