The Anatomy of the Brain

The Anatomy of the Brain

To fully appreciate injuries to the brain, I think it’s very beneficial to have a working knowledge of the anatomy of the brain. Picture the brain as an ice cream cone. The cone part of the brain is the brain stem and the ice cream scoop on top is the brain itself. Now, this sits in a body of liquid called the cerebral spinal fluid and rocks back and forth within the skull gently. There are bony protrusions on the inside of the skull that can cause injury to the brain when trauma’s induced.

Now, the brain itself is divided in half, the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. Believe it or not, the left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and the right hemisphere controls the left. At the front of the brain in the forehead region are the frontal lobes. To the very back top are the parietal lobes. Just below those are the occipital lobes and to the side above our ears are the temporal lobes. Below all of this is the cerebellum. These are the potential areas of the brain that can be injured during trauma. The brain rocks violently back and forth and can hit front or back or sideways causing injury to the brain.

If you suffer any injuries to the brain in an accident, please contact a physician immediately. And thereafter, if you have any questions concerning an accident involving brain injury, that is one of our specialties. Contact my office. I am Chuck Philips and I practice in personal injury.