Traumatic Brain Injury


Traumatic Brain Injury Services Offered In Eatontown, NJ

Auto accidents and playing sports are the top causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). After a brain injury, you should seek treatment from an experienced neurologist like Dr. A. R. Scopelliti, at Monmouth Functional Neurology Center in Eatontown, New Jersey. Dr. Scopelliti offers on-site testing to assess your TBI and provides comprehensive care to ensure a successful recovery. Call Monmouth Functional Neurology Center to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking feature today.

Traumatic Brain Injury Q & A

What is a traumatic brain injury?

TBIs occur when a blow to your head or violent head movements result in your brain hitting the inside of your skull.

This can cause brain injuries such as cerebral contusion (bruising), hematoma (localized bleeding), hydrocephalus (fluid buildup inside the brain), torn or stretched nerves, and hemorrhage.

An intracerebral hemorrhage is brain tissue bleeding, while a subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs when bleeding is in the space surrounding your brain.

What problems does a traumatic brain injury cause?

Mild TBIs can result in problems such as:

  • Vision changes
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulties focusing and making decisions
  • Slowed thoughts and actions
  • Getting lost or confused
  • Lack of motivation
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Trouble reading
  • Increased light and/or sound sensitivity

More severe TBI problems include memory loss (amnesia), personality changes, permanent neurologic damage, coma, and death.

What symptoms might a traumatic brain injury cause?

Typical TBI symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Lightheadedness
  • Imbalance (dysequilibrium)
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Listlessness
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Eye tiredness
  • Constant fatigue

You may lose consciousness briefly if you have a mild TBI (concussion), but many people don’t. With a moderate TBI, a person could pass out for up to six hours, but it’s generally easy enough to wake them up.

If your TBI is severe, you could lose consciousness for six hours or more, and you won’t come around even when someone tries to rouse you.

How are traumatic brain injuries treated?

Moderate or severe TBIs usually involve hospitalization because complications like bleeding or swelling might need emergency surgery. A severe TBI is likely to require intensive care. Mild TBIs primarily require rest, so you should minimize your mental and physical activities. This gives your brain time to heal itself.

Dr. Scopelliti has undergone postdoctoral fellowship training in concussion and traumatic brain injury. He specializes in assessing and treating patients with mild to moderate acute TBIs and providing rehabilitation after any form of TBI.

Before beginning treatment, Dr. Scopelliti performs a thorough physical and neurological exam to see what effect your TBI is having. He then provides a personalized treatment plan using neurological and vestibular rehabilitation therapy techniques.

To get expert help after a TBI, call Monmouth Functional Neurology Center or request an appointment online today.