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Brain injuries: 3 types you could suffer in a car crash

When you left for work in the morning, the last thing you expected was to be taking an ambulance to the hospital. Unfortunately, while you were driving, the person beside you thought it would be a good idea to move into your lane. This caused a chain reaction, and you ended up with serious injuries.

You smartly thought to go to the hospital, which was good thinking. You have a brain injury that you'll now have to recover from, though it, fortunately, appears that you will be able to do so as long as you receive appropriate medical care from the physicians.

There are several kinds of brain injuries possible in car crashes. Three types include:

  • Concussions

One of the most common injuries in car crashes is the concussion. Concussions take place when the brain is impacted in some way. For example, if you hit your head on the window or dashboard, there is a likelihood that you will have a concussion. The impact has to be severe enough that it damages the brain. Normally, forces that quickly accelerate or decelerate your body can lead to concussions, since the brain won't stop moving in the direction it is headed as quickly as the rest of the body. This causes the brain to impact the skull, which can lead to a concussion.

  • Diffuse axonal injury

A diffuse axonal injury occurs when the brain spins or shifts rapidly within the skull as an injury occurs. This results in sheering, which can damage large portions of the brain and cause cell death. The axons, which are long fibers in the brain, sheer as the brain accelerates and decelerates as it spins or turns and impacts the skull bone. This injury doesn't often cause bleeding, but it can result in swelling and damage to the brain cells. This makes it one of the most dangerous kinds of head injuries to suffer. It can lead to serious brain damage and death in acute cases.

  • Hemorrhage

A hemorrhage is another serious brain injury that can occur as a result of a car crash. Hemorrhages cause uncontrolled bleeding, which can be fatal, in some cases. Depending on the amount of bleeding, pressure can build up and begin to damage the brain.

These are three types of brain injuries that can be caused by traffic accidents. If you're involved in a crash, make sure to seek medical care right away, since these injuries aren't always apparent when they first happen.

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