7 Most Common Causes of Brain Injury

Brain injuries can happen at any age, and they present a variety of short-term or long-term symptoms depending on the patient. From mood swings to changes in physical abilities, brain injuries should be taken seriously and monitored.

About 1.5-million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, according to TraumaticBrainInjury.com (there’s also a category called acquired brain injuries, which may or may not be considered traumatic). There are a number of ways a patient may end up with a brain injury, some more obvious than others. Here are seven of the most common factors that lead to brain injury that’s either traumatic or acquired…

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1. Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falling down is the biggest culprit behind traumatic brain injuries – at least according to 2013 stats. The CDC says there were about 2.8-million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths that year combined.

Of that number, 47-percent of all cases in 2013 involved falls, adds the CDC. If our math is correct, that’s more than 1.3-million reported cases of TBI from falls alone. The young and elderly are at the highest risk of a TBI from falling, notes the source – more than half of TBI cases in children aged 0 to 14 were caused by falling, while a whopping 79-percent of cases for seniors aged 65-and older were due to falls.

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