Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Services
We treat most of the region’s traumatic brain- and spine-injured patients. As a Level II Trauma Center, we have a board-certified neurosurgeon on site or on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support is provided by a trained and committed staff of specialists in trauma care. With a well organized transportation system that includes air transport, trauma patients receive the quickest possible treatment.
March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an insult to the brain. It is not degenerative or congenital by nature. An external physical force that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness generally causes it. This results, typically, in impairment in cognitive and physical functioning.
Every brain injury is different, depending upon the extent of the injury. TBI are classified as either Open Head Injury or Closed Head Injury. From there they can be classified as either Mild or Severe.
Open Head Injury is a visible injury and is usually the result of penetrating objects, gunshot wounds, or a variety of types of accidents. Interruptions of brain function with this type of injury are localized to small areas within the brain.
Closed Head Injuries have no visible injury and tend to have more generalized and diffused disruptions affecting a wide range of brain functions.