Common Misconceptions About Head Injuries In Adults

Common Misconceptions About Head Injuries In Adults

July 4, 2017  Head Trauma, Protective Headgear, Protective Helmets

Every year, upwards of 1.4 million Americans experience a brain injury, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Head injuries in adults can be caused by anything from a crash to a fall in the shower. In consideration of the fact that some brain injuries in adults can be hard to notice, especially those that are purported as “mild” wounds, they are regularly misdiagnosed or neglected.

People often used words like “head trauma,” “head injury,” “brain injury,” and “traumatic brain injury” and even allude to some injuries to the head as a bump or a blow. Brain injuries in adults can vary from mild to severe, and the symptoms can be indistinct. In agreement with Vani Rao, MD, Director, Brain Injury Program, and Neuropsychiatrist, “There is no such thing as a mild head injury. It’s a misnomer.” The truth is, you don’t need to involved in a serious accident to endure a brain damage. Some frequent reasons of brain injuries in adults include falls, car crashes, workplace accidents, assaults, other violent attacks, contact sports like football, and non-contact sports or activities such as biking.

Individuals who suffer serious head injuries often endure other traumatic injuries, which makes the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries an intricate process and the interception of hypoxia difficult. It is also common for individuals suffering from a brain injury to encounter periods of unconsciousness after a head injury or an accident. In other cases, exceptionally serious brain injuries can happen without the loss of awareness.

When worn properly, protective helmets can be effective in preventing brain injuries while protecting one’s head from hard surfaces, collisions with other players, and falls.

In line with the Alzheimer’s Association findings, “falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury for all ages, and falling poses an especially serious risk for older adults.” Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And sometimes falls even without a major injury, especially in older adults, can also cause them to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active. As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Fall-related injuries are epidemic A head injury or hip fracture can change a life in a matter of seconds. Head injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults. Every 15 seconds a traumatic brain injury occurs. Every 18 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall. Every 35 minutes, one of these adults dies as a result of his or her injuries.”

Protective helmets and other protective headgear diminish the possibility of a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a crash by safeguarding the head on impact, as well as reduce the chance of damages that could be inflicted as a result of the collision. Plum’s® custom fitting protective helmets achieve this level of protection by absorbing impact energy during the fall. The protection reduces the momentum of the impact of the fall to the head. Plum’s® protective headgear, ProtectaCap® and ProtectaCap+Plus® custom-fit to conform and adapt to virtually all head shapes and sizes, safely, comfortably and effectively.