Your body knows how to get your attention. When you skip a meal, your rumbling stomach will let you know that you need to eat. If you are running too fast, your pounding heart will give you the signal that you need to slow it down. If you overdo your workout, your stretched muscles will be sure to let you know about it the next day.
But what about your brain? Have you ever stopped to think about what the human brain does or how it works?
Although we have learned a lot about the brain, the brain still largely remains a mystery. What we do know is that it is an incredible organ made up of billions of nerve cells, called neurons, that connect to the rest of our body to send messages. The brain essentially controls all functions of our body, such as:
- mental capacity
Brain function is something that many of us take for granted, but it is essential for normal, everyday function. A serious head or traumatic brain injury can be life-altering, causing permanent damage.
Common causes of brain injury and statistics
Traumatic brain injury, also called TBI, is the result of a violent blow or jolt to the head, resulting in damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are actually more common than you may think, and the statistics are in to prove it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries account for 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States. What’s more is that an average of 153 people die each day from traumatic brain injuries; not to mention, millions of Americans end up in the emergency room each year due to TBIs.
Those who are fortunate enough to survive a brain-related injury often live their lives with complications, such as:
- impaired thinking
- loss of memory
- loss of movement
- loss of vision or hearing
- changes in personality
- bouts of depression
Not only can these issues affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally, but they can also be a heavy burden on your loved ones.