As the summertime comes to a close over the next month, it is still important to remember safety and precautions going into the fall months.  Brain injuries can happen during many different situations such as sports activities, car accidents, and even a fall. There are many different types of brain injuries ranging in severity and type.

Concussions are brain injuries, as are those incidents that are sometimes seen as minor annoyances. Someone “getting their bell rung,” “seeing stars,” or “feeling woozy” are all indications of a potentially more significant problem. Those who have been concussed will also exhibit some or all of the following, depending on the severity of the injury:

  • Trouble paying attention or concentrating on a task
  • Persistent headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Lack of balance
  • Excessive fatigue

The good news is that many potential accidents are preventable. The key is being aware of the danger and taking the necessary precautions to avoid potentially tragic consequences, a responsibility that needs to be shared by all. Lives can be changed forever by a decision it only takes a split second to make, but there are things that can be done to stack the odds in your favor:

  • Always wear your seat belt and make sure you have properly working airbags
  • Do NOT drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Make sure you are aware of the side effects of any prescription drugs you may be taking
  • Wear a helmet while riding a bike, skateboarding, riding a motorcycle, etc. Also wear appropriate head protection during any contact sport and when required.
  • Prevent falls by installing handrails when needed, put nonslip mat in the bathroom, and keep floors clear of clutter
  • Get regular vision checkups
  • Get regular exercise

While no one can guarantee that implementing some of the aforementioned safety strategies will prevent every injury, it’s important to take appropriate precautions to reduce the risks.  At Neurology Specialists of Charleston we see many different severity levels and causes of brain injury. It is important to see a specialist if you believe you have experienced a brain injury to begin a treatment plan and get on the path to healing!