The human brain manages much more than just thoughts. It coordinates our physical movements and subconscious responses, from the push of leg muscles to simple breathing. It’s busy regulating our blood pressure, directing our digestive system, shifting our hormonal balance, and even maintaining our body temperature. The brain oversees our actions and reactions. When a brain injury occurs, it can disrupt any of our regular functions and create a tremendous amount of confusion and difficulty. And in cases of serious traumatic brain injury, the physical symptoms can persist.
What are some of the immediate physical symptoms of brain injury?
When a brain injury does occur, there are some physical symptoms that can point to the need for immediate medical attention.
If you've witnessed someone experience a blow to the head, it's important to keep an eye out for several key physical indicators of brain injury:
After a significant brain injury, physical symptoms can change and persist over time. They can affect almost any area of the body. After a moderate or severe injury, symptoms can include:
In addition to a number of other physical symptoms of brain injury, there are also many thinking and cognitive symptoms of TBI .
Responding to a brain injury
Signs and symptoms of brain injury are not always obvious, so the safest bet is to get professional medical help any time a brain injury is suspected.