VA Hospitals Seeing More Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have unfortunately become common in veterans returning home from active duty. New technology forces the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) hospitals to change and adapt their procedures in treating veterans diagnosed with a TBI.

Massive or traumatic brain injuries usually occur when the brain is propelled against a hard object, like the inter-surface of the skull. The impact, then, essentially bruises the brain. Normally with an impact like that some bleeding occurs, but in more severe situations, the brain can fracture.

At the Big Springs VA hospital, they’re keeping up with the new demands in treating TBIs. The Big Springs staff recognizes there is no one proven approach to dealing with TBIs so they make sure they follow their patients’ progress and help them through personalized treatment plans. TBI symptoms are not always immediately apparent and there are approximately 18 different symptoms to look for to determine a particular path of treatment.

Technology was not available in the past to treat TBIs as it is now, so we are just starting to learn about common symptoms such as:

  • Memory loss;
  • Vision impairment; and
  • Loss of balance.

The numbers appear to be positive. Approximately 95% of TBIs are mild and recovery is complete within a year. Unfortunately, the five percent needing more advanced testing and treatment is growing. Doctors at the Big Springs VA hospital say they expect the number of veterans they treated last year to jump by 50% from 120.

Learn more about treating traumatic brain injuries.

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