Migraines and Brain Injury Awareness Month
Although a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can't cause us to have Migraine disease, it can cause Migraineurs to be more susceptible to their triggers. Brain injuries can also cause headaches that are considered Migraine-like and may even respond to Migraine-specific medications.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAA), organized by the Braine Injury Association of America. This year's theme is Brain Injury: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone. Brain Injuries do Not Discriminate.
Dr. Brent Masel, national medical director for the Brain Injury Association of America stated,
"Since anyone can sustain a brain injury at any time, it is important for everyone to have access to comprehensive rehabilitation and ongoing disease management. Doing so eases medical complications, permanent disability, family dysfunction, job loss, homelessness, impoverishment, medical indigence, suicide and involvement with the criminal or juvenile justice system. Access to early, comprehensive treatment for brain injury also alleviates the burden of long term care that is transferred to tax payers at the federal, state and local levels."
TBIs aren't limited to soldiers and athletes. They can happen to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. Here are a few basic facts:
- A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
- 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI in the U.S. each year. 3.1 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result of TBI.
- 52,000 people will die. 275,000 people will be hospitalized. 1,365 million people will be treated and released from an emergency room. All due to TBI.
Causes of TBI:
- falls: 35%,
- car crashes: 17%,
- workplace accidents: 16%,
- assaults: 10%, and
- other: 21%.
- TBI is a contributing factor in 30.5% of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.
- Approximately 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
As we've discussed before, we shouldn't take chances with injuries. Even seemingly minor injuries can be far more severe than we think them to be. In 2009, actress Natasha Richardson was an unfortunate example of this when she fell on a beginner's ski slope. She said she felt fine, but that minor "bump on the head" proved to be fatal. (see The Significance of a Bump on the Head.)
For more information about Brain Injury Awareness Month or TBI, visit the web site of the Brain Injury Association of America.
Promotion Guide. "Brain Injury: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone. Brain Injuries do Not Discriminate." The Brain Injury Association of America. March, 2012.
Fact Sheet. "Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate." The Brain Injury Association of America. March, 2012.
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