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Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — March 11, 2020 — 3 min read

What Is TBI?

TBI, also known as a traumatic brain injury, is an injury that happens when sudden and severe trauma damages the brain. Several events can cause TBI:
  • Fall
  • Car crash
  • Violence
  • Sports
  • Military Combat
If you believe you or your loved one has a traumatic brain injury, contact your primary care physician. For emergency medical attention, call 9-1-1 immediately. For non-emergency situations, check out our resources for those suffering from TBI.

After Experiencing TBI

A mild or severe TBI affects the functioning of the brain in the short- and long-term. Unfortunately, TBIs can have lasting impact on: 
  • Memory
  • Logic
  • Sight
  • Balance
  • Speaking ability
  • Emotional wellbeing
This type of brain injury may also increase someone’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders such as epilepsy. These long-term effects of TBI will not necessarily affect every person who experiences a traumatic brain injury, but it’s important to speak with your primary care physician about your specific injury.

TBI Treatment and Recovery

It’s estimated that 70% to 95% of TBIs are mild and require little medical attention. Immediate treatment and recovery from a mild TBI, such as a concussion, can include getting plenty of rest and taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
 
However, for severe TBIs, emergency care is required to make sure that the injured person gets enough oxygen and blood flow and maintains a healthy blood pressure. Doctors may do surgery to remove blood clots, repair skull fractures, and stop bleeding. Some patients might receive medicine to avoid more damage.

Life with TBI

More than 200,000 North Carolinians and 1,000 Cardinal Innovations members live with a long-term disability because of TBI. Those with TBI can face additional challenges when it comes to living independently, keeping a job, communicating effectively, socializing and more.

Resources for North Carolinians Recovering from TBI

At Cardinal Innovations, we want to make sure our members and the general public have access to the resources and support they need when dealing with a traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one is facing a health crisis situation, you can always call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-939-5911 for recommendations or help scheduling an appointment with a provider.
 
Remember: If you need emergency medical assistance, call 9-1-1 immediately.
 
Other resources for those with TBIs can be found on our website or through these organizations:
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