2YH: Signs of traumatic brain injury
As we head into spring, experts said they tend to see more traumatic brain injuries from sports, falls and motor vehicle accidents.
From mild concussions to severe injuries, after a blow to the head or body, these forms of traumatic brain injuries can lead to a change in alertness and mental processing.
Dr. Gerald York, a neuroradiologist at Imaging Associates, monitors patients and looks at what's known as white matter in the brain.
Dr. York said one way to prevent TBI is by wearing a helmet, especially during sports.
While 80 percent of head injuries are mild, Dr. York said there are some tell-tale symptoms, when people should see a physician.
"If they have persistent headaches, they have dizziness-nausea, [or] they have severe worsening headaches - those are the patients we want to get in to see a provider and do imaging," York said.
Other symptoms can include a loss of consciousness, memory loss and difficulty processing or performing daily functions.