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About TBI

Traumatic brain injury comes from an outside force on the brain, such as a blast or hitting your head. TBI can be one of three levels: mild, moderate or severe. Most TBIs are mild. A mild TBI is also called a concussion. A mild TBI is related with brief loss of consciousness (less than 30 minutes) or seeing stars (“having your bell rung”) or feeling woozy and confused for up to 24 hours. The person with a mild TBI may also have trouble remembering what happened in the 24 hours after the incident. Usually there is no need for imaging tests such as x-rays or MRIs.

The term TBI can be scary and concerning to the patient and family. It is good to know that most mild TBI symptoms go away completely after a few days or a couple of weeks. The person can return to work, exercise and a regular life. There is no need to “baby” yourself after the symptoms have gone. Only a very small fraction of mild TBIs cause any problems to the person. Some persons may experience on-going headaches, dizziness, fatigue and concentration/memory problems. If these problems continue, an individual should consult with a doctor who specializes in TBIs.

The Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium is jointly funded by the Department of Defense (award # W81XWH-13-2-0095) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (award #’s I01 CX001135, I01 CX001246, I01 RX001774, I01 RX001135, I01 RX002076, I01 RX001880, I01 RX002172, I01 RX002173, I01 RX002171, I01 RX002174, and I01 RX002170) / Created by VCU University Relations