Traumatic Brain Injury also known as TBI is a devastating problem of the human brain; this is in most ways not similar to the other kind of injuries that people are afflicted with, except for the fact that it can be as acute as other injuries. Dr. Curtis Cripe is a veteran in neurodevelopment and is thorough with all problems related to the brain, especially the TBI. He is a master of a varied number of disciplines and presently is the head of the NTL Group, the mission of which is to provide help to all seeking to gain knowledge and help fight addiction, traumatic brain injuries and delays in neurodevelopment.
It has been found that the males are doubly more likely to be patients of a TBI as compared to the females, as also the bikers are more at risk of getting their heads injured. Whether one is 5 years old or 75 years, both are susceptible to this often life changing occurrence, and the outcome of such an injury can turn out to absolutely life altering, for instance people lose their memories. It could change the entire personality of an individual.
There a few types of the TBI namely: Coup-Countercoup Brain Injury, Concussion, Brain Contusion, Diffuse Axonal Injury, Second Impact Syndrome, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Penetrating Injury. Astonishingly, almost 1.7 million people are affected annually by any one of this type and claims a great number of lives from these. But thankfully, not all brain injuries are as bad, some a trivial and have short term symptoms.
Unlike the other injuries that are experienced on the various parts of the body, the TBI does not heal easily always; the recovery is functional. Researchers have further revealed that no two people have the same symptoms even though the injury may seem to be similar. For some afflicted the symptoms appears instantly, while there are others who have reportedly not shown any symptom for days or even weeks post the injury, despite the damaged cells of the brain.
The top three causes of a TBI is said to be car accident, fall from a height with the head banging against something and firearms. The mechanisms which are responsible for causing a Traumatic brain injury are as follows:
- Open head injury
- Close head injury
- Deceleration injuries
- Toxic injury
- Lack of oxygen
- Infections and
When a person loses consciousness for less than 30 minutes after the accident, then it can be termed as a ‘mild’ TBI; while if the duration of unconsciousness in more than half an hour it should be considered as ‘severe’. In both cases treatment ought to be immediate and carried out by capable and erudite people like Dr. Curtis Cripe who are aces in the handling of such patients. His knowledge on the subject is also clearly visible in the books he has authored, such as ‘Neuroengineering and Brain Recovery Methods’. He and his team at the NTL Group, is constantly carrying out researches to find out more and more ways of handling the serious consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury.