What Happens to the Brain in a Mild Brain Injury?

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2014 | Personal Injury

When someone hits their head, whether it is against the ground, the ceiling, a car door, or another head, there is no way of knowing immediately what happens inside the brain. Sometimes it’s nothing, sometimes it’s a concussion, and sometimes it’s even more serious. Brain injuries vary immensely and it’s often hard to understand doctor lingo without having gone to med school. Below is what happens when you suffer from a mild brain injury.

If the head has any type of rotational movement during a trauma, it causes the brain to move, twist, and experience other forces that cause brain matter to move. This can cause brain tissue to move, sometimes squeezing, stretching, and even tearing neural cells. When this occurs, the precise balance and space between cells is thrown off and creates problems for how the brain processes information. If the head is hit by a blunts force, the brain, which is typically floating in the skull, is thrown against the inside of the skull. The hard and rough interior can damage the soft tissue of the brain. This quick movement if the brain can also cause it to stretch and strain nerve cells called axons, which are very small and threadlike. As a person recovers from a mild brain injury, the cells regain the balance and proper spacing between them for correct information processing, but this may include compensation. The more cells have to compensate, however, the longer it will take for tasks to be completed if they are completed at all. To help heal a mild brain injury, rest, support like modifications, and exercises like therapy are all important. Every injury is different, though, and proper care should be determined by a doctor based on the specific injury. If you have suffered from a mild brain injury due to a car accident, a fall on someone’s dangerous property, at work, or in some other way, contact the Bettersworth Law Firm. These New Braunfels accidents attorneys can help you in a Texas court today.