brain injury & trauma


After you get a serious bump to the head, seeing stars for a few seconds is not uncommon. But more serious symptoms can be cause for concern. If you’re having difficulty remembering simple things or thinking clearly, suddenly feel less coordinated, or if friends or family say you’re not acting quite the same, you should see your doctor. You may have an acquired brain injury, or brain damage caused by a trauma.


The effects of brain trauma vary depending on how serious your injury is:
  • Mild brain injury can produce a temporary loss of consciousness, dizziness, vomiting, sensitivity to light, mood changes, headaches or fatigue.
  • Moderate brain injury causes many of the same symptoms, but they’re often more severe. You might also experience extreme confusion or anxiety, slurred speech, a lack of coordination, numbness in your fingers and dilated pupils. In some cases, a clear fluid may drain from your nose or ears.
  • Severe brain injury typically results from a serious blow to the head or body, and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms are similar to those caused by a moderate brain injury, but you may also have bleeding, bruising, or torn brain tissues, which can lead to death.


After a head injury, your doctor may recommend either a CT scan or MRI, depending on the seriousness of your condition. CT scans are used in emergency cases and will show any breaks, bleeding, bruising, swelling or blood clots. MRIs are used in non-emergency situations or after your condition has stabilized.

services & treatment

Mild brain injuries are typically treated with rest and over-the-counter pain relievers to ease your headaches. Still, friends or family members should check on you to make sure your symptoms are not getting worse. Your doctor will let you know when it’s safe to get back to your normal activities.

Moderate or severe brain injury usually requires intensive care. Your doctors will keep track of you and may prescribe medications to limit additional brain damage. If you have severe brain damage, you could need emergency surgery. It can take time to fully heal from these types of brain injuries, but brain rehabilitation therapy can help you get back to feeling like yourself.

If you’ve recently suffered a head injury, don’t wait to see if your symptoms get better. Contact us to get a second opinion.

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