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  1. 1. Car Accidents and Mild Traumatic Brain InjuryWhen you woke up today, you thought this was like any other Friday. You’re on your way to work, and traffic isflowing smoother than normal. Suddenly, someone crashes into the back end of your car and you feel your headextend back over the headrest and then rebound forwards, almost hitting the steering with your forehead. It allhappened so fast. After a few minutes, you notice your neck and head starting to hurt in a way you’ve notpreviously felt. When the police arrive and start asking questions about what had happened, you try to piecetogether what happened but you’re not quite sure of the sequence of events. Your memory just isn’t that clear.Within the first few days, in addition to significant neck and headache pain, you notice your memory seemsfuzzy, and you easily lose your train of thought. Everything seems like an effort and you notice you’re quiteirritable. When your doctor asks you if you’ve felt any of these symptoms, you look at them and say, "…how didyou know? I just thought I was having a bad day – I didn’t know whiplash could cause these symptoms!"Because these symptoms are often subtle and non-specific, it’s quite normal for patients not to complain aboutthem. In fact, we almost always have to describe the symptoms and ask if any of these symptoms “soundfamiliar” to the patient.As pointed out above, patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) don’t mention any of the previouslydescribed symptoms and in fact, may be embarrassed to discuss these symptoms with their doctor when theyfirst present after a car crash. This is because the symptoms are vague and hard to describe and, many feel thesymptoms are caused by simply being tired or perhaps upset about the accident. When directly asked if any ofthese symptoms exist, the patient is often surprised there is an actual reason for feeling this way.The cause of MTBI is due to the brain actually bouncing or rebounding off the inner walls of the bony skullduring the “whiplash” process, when the head is forced back and forth after the impact. During that process, thebrain which is suspended inside our skull, is forced forwards and literally ricochets off the skull and damagessome of the nerve cells most commonly of either the brain stem (the part connected to the spinal cord), thefrontal lobe (the part behind the forehead) and/or the temporal lobe (the part of the brain located on the side ofthe head). Depending on the direction and degree of force generated by the collision (front end, side impact orrear end collision), the area of the brain that may be damaged varies as it could be the area closest to initialimpact or, the area on the opposite side, due to the rebound effect. Depending on which part of the brain isinjured, the physical findings may include problems with walking, balance, coordination, strength/endurance, aswell as difficulties with communicating (“cognitive deficits”), processing information, memory, and alteredpsychological functions.The good news is that most of these injuries will recover within 3-12 months but unfortunately, not all do and inthese cases, the term, “post-concussive syndrome” is sometimes used. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident and needs medical treatment, please call us at 678-223-3900 now so we can help you get out of pain fast! For more informative articles and videos related to health please visit or