Recovery is possible. However, this depends upon the individual and the cause of the injury, and the degree of trauma sustained.
A concussion is the mildest traumatic brain injury sustained when an individual suffers a blunt trauma to the head. It can also occur during slip and fall accidents. This is mostly accompanied by a sudden loss of consciousness. Although, this is a mild form of traumatic brain injury, further monitoring for worsening symptoms is necessary. A person suffering from a concussion can recover from the injury in 2-weeks time; however, it can last up to 12 months.
The most common type of brain injury is what experts call diffused axonal injury (DAI). This injury affects the brain’s white matter, where axons that carry electrical impulses are found. This type of traumatic brain injury commonly stems from falls, vehicular accidents, and sports-related injuries. The recovery period for this type of injury is usually 2 months or more. But, there are cases where an individual never regains consciousness.
Another type of injury is hematoma. Blood can pool anywhere in the body; however, it especially becomes dangerous in the brain. Our brain isn’t capable of healing itself, nor is it capable of draining blood when pressure has increased. Hematomas can occur between the external part of the brain and the skull. Blood can also pool within the brain tissue. 70% of individuals that sustain this type of injury don’t last for more than 2 days. It’s a life-threatening injury that requires immediate attention.
Motor vehicle accidents can also cause skull fractures. A severe blow to the head powerful enough to penetrate the skin tissue and form cracks in the skull. Skull fractures may or may not require surgery. Simple skull fractures can take as little as 10 days to heal on their own.
To ensure optimum recovery, immediate medical attention is imperative.