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What do frontal lobe injuries look like?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2022 | Personal Injury

Injuries to different areas of the brain can look different and have varied impacts on a victim based on several factors. However, they often tend to share some effects, too.

For example, injuries to the frontal lobe tend to have similar impacts on everyone. But what are these impacts?

How does the frontal lobe work?

According to Physiopedia, frontal lobe injuries often manifest similarly between victims. This is because the frontal lobe controls the same bodily and executive functions in everyone.

The frontal lobe contains several parts, which include the motor and premotor cortexes, the prefrontal and supplementary motor cortexes, the frontal eye fields and Broca’s Area.

Each of these parts controls a different part of the body. For example, the Broca’s Area provides motor control of speech while the frontal eye fields control voluntary scanning motions of the eye. The motor and premotor cortexes involve voluntary movement, sensorimotor integration, control of smooth movement and storage of motor programs.

This is also the location of the prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain controls many high visibility impact areas, such as executive function, concentration, abstract thinking, working memory, impulse control and personality and behavioral traits.

Effects victims face

Thus, most of the effects that victims of injuries to the frontal lobe experience will reflect some or all of these aforementioned areas. Trouble with muscular control and movement of the body or eyes may occur. Many also report increased agitation, struggles with memory, or acting in a way unfamiliar to what they are used to.

Many of these effects diminish through the healing process. Some, however, linger for years or even a lifetime, creating significant stress for the sufferer.