Hitting your head in an accident or a collision during athletic competition is no laughing matter. Sustaining a blow to the head can give you a concussion, also known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBE) can have long-lasting and unwanted consequences that can alter your personality and behavior for years to come. If you live in or around Fort Meyers, Florida, and suspect that you've suffered a concussion call the offices of David Sudderth, MD in Fort Myers, Florida to book an appointment.
Brain injuries are among the most devastating types of trauma. While often considered by the patient and medical professionals as trivial, this type of trauma can be an insidious and pervasive symptom complex that can affect the injured individual permanently. Often the long term symptoms are not viewed as causally related to a blow to the head.
The terminology is confusing which does not help. Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, is defined as a blow (or just shaking) to the head with brief loss or alteration of consciousness. The actual definition is slightly more complex but you get the idea. Don’t let the word “mild” fool you! A mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can wreck your family, your job and many other aspects of your life. This type of trauma can cause anxiety, depression, behavioral changes as well as visual and hearing difficulties, memory problems, difficulty with task execution, etc. I’m not really sure if there is any part or function of the brain that cannot be affected! Long term problems such as alcoholism, unemployment, divorce, and even violent behavior are common. And remember that often the original injury is not suspected as having a role in causing the symptoms.
mTBI’s are often associated with PTSD, neck and back injuries and orthopedic problems such as joint instability, fractures, and intra-articular derangements. At our clinic, we offer just about every service you might need to get over your injury. At our office, we recognize the non-medical issues you might be facing as well, and we will always provide you with the documentation you need for your employer, insurance carrier, etc.