Over the last decade, traumatic brain injuries have gained a decent amount of attention.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine analyzed data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample database, which examined data on emergency room visits. About 25 to 50 million patient visits were tracked in 950 medical centers in the U.S.
Between 2006 and 2010, there were roughly 138 million emergency department visits and 1.7 percent of those patients were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. During that same time period, emergency room visits for traumatic brain injury rose at a rate 8 times higher than the rate for overall ER visits.
The largest increase in traumatic brain injury was seen among children younger than 3 years and adults over 60.
Dr. Dennis Cardone, co-director of the Concussion Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, said “Traumatic brain injuries such as concussions can be complex,” said Cardone, who was not involved in the study. “Most will resolve without complications within 10 to 14 days, but others can lead to serious short- and long-term adverse effects. This study speaks to the increased recognition of traumatic brain injuries and concussion, increased education and awareness, and an increased number of people participating in sports.”