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The Most Common Causes of Brain Injury

Brain injuries can happen at any age, and they present a variety of short-term or long-term symptoms depending on the patient. From mood swings to changes in physical abilities, brain injuries should be taken seriously and monitored.

About 1.5-million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, according to TraumaticBrainInjury.com (there’s also a category called acquired brain injuries, which may or may not be considered traumatic). There are a number of ways a patient may end up with a brain injury, some more obvious than others. Here are seven of the most common factors that lead to brain injury that’s either traumatic or acquired…

1. Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falling down is the biggest culprit behind traumatic brain injuries – at least according to 2013 stats. The CDC says there were about 2.8-million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths that year combined.

Of that number, 47-percent of all cases in 2013 involved falls, adds the CDC. If our math is correct, that’s more than 1.3-million reported cases of TBI from falls alone. The young and elderly are at the highest risk of a TBI from falling, notes the source – more than half of TBI cases in children aged 0 to 14 were caused by falling, while a whopping 79-percent of cases for seniors aged 65-and older were due to falls.

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