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Brain Injury

The brain is the center of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and movements. Injury to the brain can range from a mild concussion to a severe head injury.

Brain injuries are commonly caused by a blow to the head or a fall that shakes the brain and causes bruising, swelling or tearing of soft tissue. With rest, most people fully recover from a mild brain injury. But some people who have had severe or repeated brain injuries may have long-lasting problems with movement, learning or speaking.

It’s important to know the symptoms of brain injury. Tell your primary care physician or emergency personnel if you have experienced a head injury that results in two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty remembering new information
  • Headache, vision problems or dizziness
  • Feeling sad, nervous or easily angered
  • Sleeping more or less than usual

If you develop these symptoms at any time after a head injury – even much later – call your doctor.

Healing from a brain injury? Know when to call your doctor.

Watch closely for changes in your health and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your symptoms get worse. Common symptoms include headaches, trouble concentrating or changes in your mood.
  • You have been feeling sad, depressed, or hopeless, or have lost interest in things you usually enjoy.
  • You do not get better as expected.

If you have questions about your neurological health or need expert care for a brain injury, the Parkview neurology team can help. Ask your primary care physician if a referral to a neurologist would be appropriate for you.

For more information, call 260-217-4379.

Brain Injury Support Group

First Monday of every month
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Parkview Regional Medical Center, Entrance 1 - Conf. rooms A, B, and C
11109 Parkview Plaza Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46845

To receive a monthly mailing or e-mail announcement of the topic, contact group facilitator Kristin Smith, OTR/CBIS, at 260-452-4943 or

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