A TBI or traumatic brain injury is an injury caused by a blow to the head or puncture wound that causes damage to the brain. In the most severe cases of TBIs, recovery may be impossible or involve years of therapy, surgeries, and/or medication. Victims of a traumatic brain injury often find it difficult to live the life they once knew. We tend to think that TBIs are rare, but over 1.4 million Americans suffer from some form of a traumatic brain injury today.
One form of TBIs that many individuals do not know about is MTBIs, or minor traumatic brain injuries. An MTBI is the most prevalent form of TBI and is defined as any impact or forceful motion of the head which causes a brief change in mental status or consciousness. Severe TBIs often cause long-lasting changes in mental status or consciousness, but when an individual loses consciousness for even a brief second or two, this can still be defined as an MTBI.