Traumatic Brain Injuries, or Head Injuries, can be fatal, and these types of injuries can cause devastating and long-term problems even if treated early. It can save lives to pay attention early on to symptoms. The following are signs of a potentially serious head injury:
- Light Sensitivity
- Feeling Off Balance
- Loss of Consciousness
- Memory Loss
- Abnormal or unusual behavior
A CT Scan Can Help With Diagnosis
People who have head injury symptoms that persist need to have a qualified physician or an emergency medical center evaluate them. Having an emergency evaluation done on a traumatic brain injury usually involves having a computed tomography scan (CT) performed on the neck and head.
Identifying patients who are at high risk early for poor outcomes may be obtained through a CT scan (cat scan) with the knowledge obtained from the imaging helps physicians determine which is the most appropriate treatment for a patient. ER Specialists Urgency Center has a CT Scan on-site and is ready to diagnose and treat head in injuries that other urgency care centers simply aren’t equipped to do so.
Usually, serious head injuries involve a concussion either to the whole brain or to the lesions: an accumulation of blood in between the skull (epidural hematoma) and brain lining, blood between the brain and dura (subdural hematoma), or bleeding inside of the tissue of the brain (intracranial hemorrhage).
When it comes to recovery, the most critical factor is how quickly the injured individual gets evaluated and treated. The general health of the person is important as well. Epidural hematomas can be removed by surgery and patients can often fully recover.
Intracranial bleeding and subdural hematoma are more serious conditions. Advanced medical treatment can help patients survive their surgery, however, numerous patients who are suffering from intracranial bleeding or subdural hematomas end up having long-term neurological problems.
Get Examined ASAP!
While mild head injuries usually do not require any specific treatment, it is important for all head injury victims to be carefully examined and monitored. People who are suspected of suffering from a head injury need to stop any physical activity they are engaged in and be evaluated as soon as possible by a qualified and experienced emergency physician. If the victim does have any persistent problems with vision, coordination or speech, they should seek immediate medical attention.
Children’s Head Injuries Are Different
In serious cases involving children, different challenges are faced by doctors, parents and patient, compared to those that adults are faced with. Neurological issues in children suffering head trauma might not reveal themselves for years. That is because frontal lobe functions do not develop until late in the growth of a child. Frontal lobe injuries might not become obvious until a child has reached adolescence. Injuries to the brain’s writing and reading centers might not become obvious until a child has reached school age and starts showing signs of delayed writing and reading skills.
It has been shown that a child’s skull is just 1/8 as strong compared to an adult’s skull. Therefore, children are a lot more vulnerable to suffering a traumatic brain injury via fracture or formation of their skull, and need to be treated differently than an adult.
Wear Safety Equipment To Prevent Head Injuries
Despite the constant improvements in traumatic brain injury medical treatments, prevention is preferred. It is critical to wear a safety helmet when skateboarding, skiing, bicycling, or participating any sport where you are at risk to your head being injured.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a head injury and you can safely come to ER Specialists, we would love to help you. If you are alone or have any doubt about getting to our facility safely, or, believe you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911.