GLWACH holding Brain Injury Awareness Month events
Thursday, 16 March 2017
By John Brooks
Special to GUIDON

“Think Ahead: Be safe. Know the signs. Get help” is the Defense Department’s 2017 Brain Injury Awareness campaign slogan as March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Whether at work or play — service members, Family members and the Fort Leonard Wood community need to know how to recognize a concussive event, said Ken Reinhard, traumatic brain injury liaison at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.

“It’s always good to be seen by a medical provider as soon as possible if you think you’ve received a concussion,” Reinhard said.

Fort Leonard Wood is doing much better when it comes to reporting concussive events. People are being seen by their providers sooner and more frequently, and there appears to be fewer stigmas associated with exercising appropriate caution and being seen quickly after a concussive event, Reinhard said.

“People are learning it’s good to be seen now rather than later,” he said. “That’s the best course of action.”

Concussion education is universal to all walks of life, Reinhard added.

Headaches are typical symptoms which occur after getting a concussion.

Sometimes a headache begins right away but other times it can be brought on from loud noise, bright lights or confusion due to the inability to concentrate.

“Everyone is different, as are the severity of different concussive events,” said Maj. Michelle Whitlock, chief of TBI at GLWACH.

If you or a loved one has dealt with TBI or you are interested in finding out more about current TBI education, prevention and treatment, static display tables will be set up with information every Thursday at either the Exchange or Mini Mall throughout March.

Also, TBI specialists from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center will share their latest knowledge during the 4th Annual TBI Symposium from noon to 4:30 p.m., April 13, at the Main Post Chapel.

This year’s symposium event will focus on headaches that result from acute concussions and is open to anyone with access to Fort Leonard Wood.

(Editor’s note: Brooks is the marketing specialist at GLWACH.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 March 2017 )