Traumatic Brain Injury: Myths You Shouldn't Believe About TBI

March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness month. Take our short quiz, and see what you know about TBI:

Fact or Myth?
TBI only happens when the skull is fractured.

Myth:
TBI is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.

Fact or Myth?
Concussions are traumatic brain injuries.
Fact:
About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.

Fact or Myth?
TBI is fairly uncommon in this day of safety features, like seat belts and bicycle helmets.
Myth:
2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI in the United States each year. And approximately 5.3 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result of TBI.

Fact or Myth?
Most TBIs are caused by car crashes
Part Fact, Part Myth:
While 17% of TBIs are caused by car crashes, falls cause the most TBIs (35%). Workplace accidents account for another 16% of TBIs, while assaults cause 10%. Some 21% of TBIs are from other causes.

In March, the Brain Injury Association of America wants us all to be aware of traumatic brain injury, its causes and rehabilitation needs. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two brain injuries are exactly alike. Early and equal access to care is important, since anyone of any age, anytime can suffer this injury.

At Gwinnett Medical Center we help people with traumatic brain injuries get back to their normal, everyday lives.

For those with concussion, our Concussion Institute, located at GMC-Duluth, is based on a model that practices a multi-faceted approach to concussion injuries and sports rehabilitation – all under one roof.

For many, TBI treatment begins in the ER. Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville offers a full-service Emergency Department including a Level II trauma center.  

Our Center for Neuroscience is dedicated to providing specialized care for neurological and neurosurgical patients, including those with traumatic brain injury.

And at Glancy Rehabilitation Center, our staff specializes in helping people with neurologic and orthopedic impairments, including traumatic brain injury.


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