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Posted on 07-08-2013

Brain Injuries (MTBIs)

Brain injuries (some of which are mild traumatic brain injuries or MTBIs) are nothing new. There is reference to brain injury in the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, the oldest known medical manuscript at approximately 5,000 years old. Ancient Egyptians noted that an injury to one side of the head can lead to "a spasm on the opposite side of the body". Even Galen, considered to be the father of modern medicine notes that a brain injury may be followed by "a loss for words."

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Mild TBI is significantly under-diagnosed and the likely societal burden is, therefore, even greater." Some have even gone on to refer to MTBI as the "silent epidemic" since it is hard to "see" and is only something that can be determined by questioning and monitoring a patient over time.

It should be understood that Baltimore car accidents and Baltimore auto accidents are the main cause of traumatic brain injury seen in Baltimore. In addition to suffering from neck and back injuries associated with whiplash in Baltimore, many people involved in Baltimore auto accidents also suffer from mild traumatic brain injuries. In fact, a term for patients with both neck symptoms and cognitive symptoms following auto accidents has been coined and is referred to as "cervicoencephalic syndrome."

It is beyond the scope of just one blog post, but it should be known that mild traumatic injuries, when present, will produce some combination of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional symptoms in the injured party. Often the injured party does not notice these subtle differences in themselves, but it is their family and friends and notice that "something isn't quite right."

Fortunately, most MTBIs are self-limiting and many people return to a normal baseline following several weeks of rest. Some other people are not so lucky and go on to live with some form of disrupted congition, behavior, or emotional disturbance for the rest of their lives.

At Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic we routinely treat patients involved in Baltimore car accidents and auto accidents in Baltimore. Many of our clients end up experiencing whiplash and mild traumatic brain injuries associated with Baltimore car accidents. The key to a speedy recovery is prompt diagnosis and treatment. If you or someone you know would benefit from therapy for whiplash and MTBI do not hesitate to call us at (443) 842-5500. We would be happy to help!


Excerpts from this blog post were borrowed from Dr. Arthur Croft's "Whiplash and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries" on pages 179 and 180.


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