One of the most serious injuries a person can suffer is a head injury. Trauma to the head may result in concussions and post-concussion syndrome. A concussion is defined as a traumatic brain injury. At no time in the history of the United States, have traumatic brain injuries become more relevant than the present, as more and more information is being uncovered through new studies, and empirical data collected from professionals.
Many times, muscoskeletal injuries overshadow or are more readily apparent than a severe head injury. The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may come and go, and victims may exhibit signs associated with unrelated illnesses, or circumstances, that essentially can mask the underlying cognitive deficits directly related to the head trauma.
Symptoms of a severe head injury may include, but are not limited to the following: fatigue, depression, agitation, inability to concentrate, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, continuous headaches, loss of taste and smell, sleeplessness, memory loss, and onset of confusion, dementia, and an inability to recognize one’s familiar surroundings.
Any of the above mentioned symptoms might be evidence of a head injury. These conditions are very serious and can be permanent. Clients with head injuries should be submitted for neuropsychological evaluations in order to gain an objective perspective as to any cognitive dysfunction that is present, so that further tests and medical treatment can be rendered in an attempt to monitor and rehabilitate the specific cognitive abnormalities.