What is a brain injury?
According to the CDC, a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is "a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain."
Nearly 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are two major types of traumatic brain injuries, mild and severe.
Severe Brain Injuries occur when you loose consciousness during the course of the injury.
A Brain Injury is diagnosed as "mild" when someone does not loose consciousness.
Brain injuries are bad, but misdiagnosed brain injuries are worse. Unfortunately, traumatic Brain Injuries are chronically misdiagnosed.
But there is more...
Most experts will tell you that it really doesn't matter whether or not you loose consciousness. The effects of a "mild" brain injury are anything but mild.
At the BISON Project we agree.
When someone sustains a traumatic brain injury their struggle is compounded by chronic misdiagnosis and general lack of understanding about the nature of brain injuries in the medical field.
If you hit your head, they will most likely send you to get an MRI to see if you sustained any damage. If the MRI is clean, you get two aspirin and sent on your way home.
What is the problem?
The problem? Many TBI’s never show up on an MRI.
If you show up to the ER with chest pains, you will get a battery of tests. If you show up with a head injury, you will often only get one.
It doesn't make sense to us either.
This misdiagnosis (or non-diagnosis) leads to months and years of confusion, frustration, and anger.
We are changing this.