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Spread the Word: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

There is no magic bullet to “solve” the brain injury problem. The issue is so large, arises in so many different settings, and includes so many different medical concerns that we can all expect to be dealing with brain injury risks for the rest of our lives. But one simple step that can lead to beneficial benefits for all types of injuries is increased awareness. The mere act of getting more people to take some time to consider the seriousness of brain injuries and the myriad of risks they face each day may have ripple effects that ultimately change the lives of those suffering from the injury. From being more cautious when behind the wheel (car accidents are a leading cause of TBI) to prioritizing safety in sporting events, the more residents are aware of the scope of brain injuries, the better.

It is in that spirit that March has been designated at Brain Injury Awareness Month. Various events for both professionals and community members have been ongoing throughout the past few weeks. One overarching theme is to spread the message that a staggering 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each and every year. In other words, these are not fluke accidents but serious systematic injuries that affect virtually everyone at one point or another.

As a Huffington Post story explained this week, the statistics remain somewhat shaky, because many people experience milder TBIs without getting a proper diagnosis or treatment. There are often no outward symptoms. Instead the harm is often felt only internally, including things like dizziness, concentration problems, nausea, and more.

Healing the Brain
Of course, working to minimize TBIs altogether is one goal. But it is also critical to make strides in helping those who suffer the injury. We often report on emerging research efforts in this field, as medical experts are focusing more and more attention on understanding the brain and harnessing healing powers.

For example, the HP article author explained how she recently attended two conferences to discuss how brain plasticity principles can be used to help those who have suffered a TBI. She explained how one problem is how to allow those with brain injuries to better interpret fine details as they come in from the senses. Some victims have injuries which cause many of their interactions with the world to appear as a “blur.” Fortunately, there may be steps that can be followed to train the brain to better pick up on details, using the brains ability to adapt and mold to regrow skills.

Brain Injury Lawyers
All of us should continue to support those researchers working on these issues. As more information is uncovered regarding methods to use the brains healing capacity to recover from TBI, it will be important for all families to ensure their loved ones are in a position to take advantage of those healing tools. At times, that might mean guaranteeing that others responsible for causing a brain injury (like a negligent party in a car accident) are held fully accountable so that resources are available to pay for the therapy and equipment needed to fully recover.

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