Brain and head injuries can be among the most severe injuries caused by car and workplace accidents, and treating them early is essential to full recovery.
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild concussions to severe paralysis or coma, so getting a thorough diagnosis by a head injury specialist — soon after suffering the injury — is key to determining the best course of treatment.
Causes of brain injuries:
Many head and brain injuries are caused by car crashes, work accidents, or being injured playing sports. Those who work in manual labor jobs may be at higher risk. Other personal injury accidents also cause head injuries, such as slipping and falling and hitting your head.
TBI or “traumatic brain injuries” usually happen when the brain experiences a blunt impact or jolt — a blow to the head or the head forcefully hitting another object. This trauma — the force to the head region — can throw off the brain’s functions and disturb the oxygen and nutrients, which flow through the area. Without enough oxygen and blood in the brain, cells can die off, which can damage brain tissue.
This lack of oxygen and blood can lead to severe repercussions, as the brain is the organ that controls our body’s functions, from breathing to the heart and beyond. Thus, a head injury can have a ripple effect throughout our system, which is why it’s so essential to get any head injury diagnosed quickly and comprehensively by a physician who specializes in brain and head trauma.
Take every head injury seriously and get a proper diagnosis of is severity:
Even if you suffer what seems like a mild head bump or injury, you should still seek medical care and have a doctor diagnose the severity. Brain trauma is among the most common causes of disability and death, and we should take any head injury very seriously.
In some cases, the injury may be a mild concussion, causing headaches or some confusion, but usually going away with care and rest. You may have seen baseball or football players be taken out of a game for a “concussion protocol” after their heads were impacted during a play. These protocols are a common practice nowadays to ensure doctors diagnose any head injury to assess its severity. Many players have what seems like a mild concussion, to begin with, but symptoms arise in the days after, and they require weeks or months of rest to recover fully.
The issue can be even more severe if someone suffers multiple head injuries throughout their lives. Blunt force impact to the head over and over again can take a toll.
Fast and thorough medical treatment can make a massive difference in the recovery of a head injury victim. See a medical doctor right after any head injury, and be sure also to see a pain management specialist and neurologist specializing in brain trauma.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
Symptoms from a brain or head injury can be tricky and varied, as some will appear right away, and others may not show up for days or weeks. However, some of the symptoms are listed below, and your pain doctor can help assess their severity.
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Dizziness or Nausea
- Headaches or Migraines
- Fainting, Feeling Confused.
- Changes in senses (eyesight, hearing, etc)
- Convulsions or seizures
- Trouble speaking or hearing.
- Sleeping issues (not being able to sleep, sleeping too much)
- Depression, anxiety, mood swings.
These are just a few of the most common symptoms, and they can vary widely from person to person. If injured, you may not feel the full impact of the injury for some time, which is why it’s very important to get medical help and diagnosis right after the injury occurs, NOT after symptoms get worse or appear.
What is a severe head injury goes untreated?
Many head injuries can be effectively treated, and the victims can recover fully, but if a severe head injury is not properly treated, the effects can be lasting. Some patients with traumatic brain injuries experience numbing throughout the body, speech problems, heading issues, confusion and memory problems, or even paralysis and coma. The most severe can be fatal.
The importance of being diagnosed by a pain physician who specializes in head injury:
If you suffer a head injury, don’t delay. Get to a doctor and get checked out, and be sure to include a pain physician and neurologist in your care team.
Our team of pain specialists at Tri County Pain Management Centers includes a neurologist and brain injury physician, multiple pain medicine specialists, and a psychiatrist. We use state-of-the-art treatment and diagnosis and specialize in treating injuries caused by car and work accidents, with offices throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, and Delaware.
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