Traumatic injuries dominate late night television drama but the seriousness and complications of these injuries have a profound impact on those injured and on loved ones. Injuries sustained in this way instantaneously, and usually forever changes, the lives of all involved. Unlike television, the physical injuries are real and are usually accompanied by psychological consequences which affect day to day activities. It is perhaps the most difficult and challenging conditions to treat in all of medicine.
Post traumatic injuries can affect the central nervous system (brain and spine) as well as the peripheral nervous system (nerve endings). Traumatic brain injuries can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. It can be further defined as penetrating and non-penetrating injuries. Traumatic brain injury specialists and Neurosurgeons treat penetrating brain injuries in a hospital setting, whereas, neurologist treat non-penetrating injuries usually on an out-patient basis. Trauma to the head can result in diffuse axonal injury to hemorrhages in the brain. Trauma to the head can range from paralysis, coma, and seizures to the subtle neurocognitive abnormalities. Such abnormalities may include: headaches, vertigo people often complain of headaches, dizziness, problems concentrating, nausea, vision complaints, and fatigue. Behavioral symptoms include: depression, anxiety, irritability, cognitive disorders: dysfunctions of memory and concentration and perceptual symptoms: tinnitus, phonophobia and photophobia.
Traumatic spine injuries can affect the cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar spine ranging from disc bulges, disc herniations, extrusions or even fractures. More sever conditions include paralysis and quadriplegia. Paresthesia (tingling and numbness) in an extremity and/or radiating pains may indicate nerve damage caused by “pinched nerves.”
Traumatic injuries can result in movement disorders, cognitive disorders, headaches and more. If you have a traumatic injury it is best to consult with your doctor or seek the expertise from a traumatic injury specialist.
These descriptions are not all inclusive nor are meant to give a diagnosis. Every person is unique as are the complexities of traumatic injuries. Traumatic injuries affect a person in a variety of ways, manifesting slightly differing sets of symptoms. Many factors can affect the prognosis and sequelae of work injuries and post traumatic injuries. Therefore, traumatic injury treatment will depend on the circumstances surrounding each individual.
Despite outward appearances, many people around you may be suffering from traumatic injuries. Many victims who survive trauma display little or no physical stigmata but still greatly suffer the frailties of their injuries. If you would like to speak with a traumatic injury specialist, please contact us. Call 1.516.364.4484 to learn more about our traumatic injury treatment facility located in Nassau County, New York.