(NEW YORK) -- Trips to the emergency room for traumatic brain injuries are on the rise.
A new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found a 30% increase from 2006 to 2010.
The study attributes the rise to increased awareness and diagnosis -- with the majority of patients suffering from concussions or unspecified brain injuries.
The assistant medical professor who led the study, Jennifer Marin, says head injuries must be taken seriously.
"About 40% of patients who sustain a traumatic brain injury will have either physical or psychological complications as a result of their injury for up to a year after that injury," Marin said.
Marin says knowledge is key in prevention.
"This is not a small issue and certainly one that results in discomfort and pain and missed school, missed work...So I think that it's an important one to address."
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