Brain injury is more common than you may think. The charity Headway estimates that each year 1 million people visit A&E departments with head injuries of which 135,000 are admitted for treatment. About 10% of head injuries are classified as ‘moderate’ and 5% as ‘severe’. Approximately 500,000 people in the UK currently live with disabilities resulting from a brain injury.
The brain is very fragile and easily damaged in the event of a head injury. This damage may affect just one area of the brain or it can affect more than one region.
Brain injury affects everyone differently but common symptoms include:
- Loss of speech and/or memory
- Difficulty with concentration, walking, balance and co-ordination
- Weakness or paralysis
- Speed of thought
- Memory loss
- Changes in emotional reaction and behaviour
- Altered sense of smell, taste, touch.