Types of Brain Injuries

 

Brain injuries only exist in only two ways: Penetrating, or closed. Basically, and it’s self-explanatory, either something goes through your skin and skull, or your brain is shaken, and hits your skull.

While penetrating is exciting-sounding, such as getting shot, having a harpoon go in, or something equally exotic, they’re few and far between. The closed injuries are more complicated, and far more prevalent. There’s a type of injury that’s a gazillion times more prevalent than the others, so I’ll simply mention them: epidural hematomas, subdural hematomas, and cerebral aneurysm.

Concussions are so common, and misunderstood, such that President Trump said ‘Uh oh, got a little ding on the head?’when asked about concussions in football.

Yeah, that’s real tough talk. For years, researchers have worked to show the serious consequences of those “dings” Trump dismisses (with his signature bullying sarcasm). “Concussion. Oh, oh!” — the science has found that the cumulative effects of all those dings can be deadly. In March, the NFL acknowledged a link between playing football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease. CTE symptoms include depression, memory loss and aggressive behaviour: several NFL players who committed suicide,

C’mon Trump, get serious. You’re in charge of the USA, and dismissing such a serious thing as a concussion as “a ding on the head” is an error, of galactic proportions.

Drugs can help to heal…concussions??

Drugs are thought of to be able to cure just about anything, of that there’s no doubt, and they’re a god-send in a whole number of things.   However, when I read that “they” are investigating if there’s a drug that can be developed that can treat concussions, I paused.

Drugs can do many things, of that there’s no doubt, but the re-creation of damaged tissue isn’t something that drugs, or pretty much anything, can do.

A concussion is the result of a physical injury, where the brain is physically moved to hit one side of the skull, and then the other.  The damage is caused by, for the most part, structural impact to the head.

The basis of the pills is that they can prevent, or limit, the effects of the damage.  However, even after reading it, I don’t know how the drugs can seemingly “put back” what was damaged.