Brain Injury and Trauma
Seeing stars for a few seconds after accidentally injuring your head is one of life’s more jarring moments. It happens to us all. But when more serious symptoms occur after a head injury, it’s scary. Possibly even life-threatening.
All brain injuries should be taken seriously. When is it time to head for help? If you notice any of these symptoms: difficulty remembering simple things, inability to think clearly, decline in motor skills or friends and family noticing you’re not acting quite the same. Maybe you’re wondering if you’re ever going to feel right again.
When your head is spinning with worried thoughts, we can help you relieve your fears and get back to your old self. If you’ve had a brain injury or trauma, call us for an appointment or a second opinion.
Symptoms of Brain Injury or Trauma
Common causes for brain injury or trauma include a car crash, a sports injury, falling or a gunshot wound. Your neurologist will determine if your injury is mild, moderate or severe.
- Mild brain injury or trauma: causes your brain cells to become dysfunctional for a short amount of time. You might experience a temporary loss of consciousness, dizziness, vomiting, sensitivity to light, mood changes, feeling fatigued or headaches.
- Moderate brain injury or trauma: produces similar symptoms, but to a greater degree. Other symptoms may include severe confusion, slurred speech, numbness in your fingers, dilated pupils, clear fluid draining from your nose or ears, not being coordinated and feeling extremely anxious.
- Severe brain injury or trauma: typically results from a severe blow to the head or body. Symptoms are similar to a moderate brain injury, but a severe brain injury can lead to bleeding, bruising, torn brain tissues or even death. Prompt medical care is essential.
Exploring Treatments for Brain Injury or Trauma
After a serious head injury, your neurologists may use computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess and diagnose your condition.
A CT scan is used in emergency cases to help neurologists get a close look at your brain. The scan will show any fractures, bleeding, bruises, swelling or blood clots.
An MRI is used in non-emergency situations or after your condition has been stabilized. An MRI creates images of your whole brain to help your neurologist see the extent of your injury.
- Mild brain injury or trauma: can usually be treated simply with rest and over-the-counter pain relievers for your headaches. But your condition still needs to be monitored by your family members to make sure it’s not getting worse. Your neurologist will let you know when it’s safe to get back to your normal activities.
- Moderate/severe brain injury or trauma: typically requires a stay in intensive care so your medical team can closely monitor your condition. You may receive medications to limit further brain damage. If your brain has severe tissue damage, emergency surgery may be needed. Healing of a moderate/severe brain injury takes time. Our rehabilitation therapists can help you get you back to feeling like yourself.
If you’ve recently suffered from brain trauma, don’t wait around to see if things get better. Contact us to get a second opinion about your injury.