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Brain injuries are traumatic on many levels.
Previously we have discussed the cognitive changes that can occur as a result of a brain injury. In this segment, we turn to the potential physical changes that brain injury survivors can experience.
The lawyers at the law firm of Aaron Waxman & Associates advocates for their clients’ best interests when it comes to representing those with any types of injuries. We have represented many clients who have suffered from serious disabilities and brain injuries. We believe in treating our clients with respect and introducing them to the proper rehabilitation providers to help them along their journey to recovery.
Courtesy of the Ontario Brain Injury Association, these are Physical Changes that someone who has suffered a brain injury might expect to occur:
Loss of Taste and Smell: The olfactory nerve is located between the frontal lobe and the skull. Trauma to the head can cause damage to this area and result in anosmia, damage to the smell processing cells. This area is vulnerable to damage to the nasal structures too.
Issues with Dizziness and Balance: These complaints are very common after a brain injury. Once there has been damage to the brain stem, blood pressure fluctuates as a result to the areas controlling the heart and causes vertigo from damage to the inner ear.
Epilepsy and Seizures: Medication can help to control these conditions but uncontrollable seizures can cause associated disabilities. These are chronic medical conditions produced by temporary changes in the electrical functioning of the brain. Seizures affect awareness, movement or sensation.
Fatigue: Fatigue occurs after injury to the frontal lobes and is a disorder of motivation. Fatigue is sometimes called Adynamia. People with this condition will experience loss of drive, indifference and placidity and may find themselves exhausted for days i they do not carefully manage their limited energy levels.
Headaches: There are multiple sources of head and neck pain, both inside and outsides of the head. Headaches arising from a brain injury can be caused by displacement of the intracranial structures, inflammation, decreased blood flow, increased muscle tone, inflammation of the thin layers of tissue coating the brain and increased intracranial pressure.
Visual Problems: Brain injuries can cause visual changes. A few of the more common visual problems include double vision, field cuts, sector losses, rapid eye movement and near- sightedness.
Chronic Pain: Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond the expected healing time. It includes headaches, neck, shoulder, lower back pain and/or pain in other body areas if trauma caused the brain injury.
Paralysis: Differing degrees of paralysis can affect all parts of the body depending on which part of the brain has been injured. Some effects include poor coordination, difficulty walking, visual difficulties or weakness on one side of the body.
Hearing Problems: Hearing problems occur for a number of reasons, both mechanical and neurologic, particularly when the inner ear and/or temporal lobes have been damaged. Tinnitus can occur. Tinnitus is when noises are heard such as buzzing, hissing or ringing in the ears. Meniere’s syndrome is caused by excessive pressure in the inner ear and can cause vertigo. Auditory agnosia is impaired recognition of nonverbal sounds and noises. Sometimes trauma to the inner ear can cause a person to be sensitive to certain noises and pitches.
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