Mishaps and accidents are not uncommon, while some do not have dire effects, the ones inflicted on the head, a majority of times result in what is known as brain injury. Curtis Cripe has been dedicated to the treatment of such brain injuries apart from being a veteran in the treatment of neurodevelopment in children. Being a neuro engineer helps him deploy his knowledge to the treatment of these brain injuries and evolve successfully at all times.
When the head suffers a jolt or violent blow in medical terms categorized as a traumatic brain injury. This blow can also be caused by serious things such as a bullet that may have shattered the skull partially, which invariably affects the tissues of the brain severely. Depending on the severity of the injury it may be classified as a mild one or a major one. Irrespective of the intensity of the impact of the injury, they have detrimental effects on the overall health of an individual, some of which may lead to long-term complications.
Some of the common symptoms of a mild brain injury by which doctors such as Curtis Cripe identify the injury include:
- Reports of nausea or vomiting
- Speech issues
- Loss of balance
- Drowsiness or fatigue
Sensory issues may also be identified which include the blurring of vision, alterations in the smelling abilities, ringing in the ears, or having a foul taste in the mouth. The injured person may also complain of discomfort on exposure to intense light or sound.
A brain injury also induces certain symptoms in the cognitive behavior of a person. There are visible changes in the mental as well as the behavioral pattern of the individual. Loss of consciousness is the most common among such signs. This may happen for a few seconds and at times, although there may be consciousness, the individual may enter into a dazed state, rendering them to be disoriented or confused.
A person experiencing such changes may also complain of trouble concentrating or remembering things. Mood swings which include depressed behavior or anxiety are also visible evidently. Dr. Curtis Cripe also checks if the person reports having difficulties in sleeping or even excessive sleepiness. Identifying symptoms is comparatively easier in adults. The challenge comes when the injured person is a child. The primary reason for this is their inability to identify and communicate their problems.
It is then that the doctor has to inquire from the parent or guardian of the child if they have noticed any of the following symptoms in them lately. Change in the eating habits such as fussing overeating or nursing in the case of infants is rather commonly seen. Apart from that a general display of irritability, inconsolable crying, alterations in sleeping habits, and loss of interest in otherwise preferred activities are also part of such symptoms. Seizures and drowsiness to are indications that the child may have suffered a head injury that should be looked for, in case the accompanying adult may not have witnessed the incident.
Understanding the symptoms properly is in most cases half the treatment is done and that is why it is important to study the overall behavior of the injured closely.