After suffering from a head injury, you need to keep an eye out for brain injuries that may accompany it. After all, it is the brain injury itself that will cause the most potential harm and long-lasting effects.
But how can you tell that someone suffers from a brain injury? Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in particular often have symptoms that are easy to spot, especially when it comes to physical red flags. You can start by keeping your eyes out for these.
Consciousness disorders and pain
Mayo Clinic examines how TBIs affect the body. TBIs, being as severe as they are, often impact victims in a physical, visible way. For example, many victims will experience a consciousness disorder which is often the first sign something is wrong. This may involve something as serious as falling comatose, or periods of blacking out for a few seconds at a time.
Victims will often show effects of physical pain or discomfort, too. Many suffer from excruciating headaches which may cause light sensitivity. Victims may also experience nausea, which leads to vomiting or other forms of gastrointestinal distress.
If the victim can still speak, they may voice complaints, too. Some physical symptoms only get experienced by the victim rather than seen by others, such as disordered senses. A victim might experience tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears. They may also experience nerve issues such as numbness in the hands and feet.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should get immediate medical help, regardless of severity. This can help mitigate the long-term damages that TBI victims otherwise risk facing.