At Tri County Pain Management Centers, we specialize in diagnosing and treating head injuries, under the care of our skilled neurologist Dr. Scott Pello, who is board certified in both neurology and pain medicine.
Dr. Pello’s unique background in these areas ensures an exceptional level of treatment for patients who have experienced concussion, brain trauma, or other painful conditions from car accidents or injuries on the job, and sets our practice apart from other pain management physicians.
This article will cover the issues regarding head injury, symptoms you may experience, and treatment and diagnosis options.
Head injuries are particularly frightening and are an extremely common occurrence, with nearly 2 million Americans each year suffering a brain injury as the result of a violent and sudden impact on the skull — frequently as the result of an automobile accident or an injury at work.
If you have suffered an injury to the head, it is vitally important to get an early and comprehensive diagnosis from an expert who will examine not just the injury itself, but also your underlying symptoms, some of which might be too small to escape the notice of a less experienced eye.
Dr. Pello is available for appointments at all of our pain management offices in Greater Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, and has exceptional knowledge and expertise on these types of injuries.
You can schedule an appointment by calling 215-486-1800.
Scroll below for more information on treatment and diagnosis of head injuries at Tri County Pain Management.
Traumatic brain injury is very common. Millions of accident victims suffer a brain injury annually, sometimes resulting in the actual penetration of the skull into the brain tissue. The most common kinds of head injuries are those found in industrial or traffic accidents, when the head receives a traumatic hit.
Head injuries are much more common in men than in women, with men accounting for close to 79% of such injuries. Between 50 and 70% of such injuries are the result of auto accidents, others are accounted for by slips and falls, work-related injuries and the like. Traumatic brain injuries result in eighty to ninety thousand people each year suffering from lifelong or long term effects, from mild to very serious.
This is why it is so important to get diagnosis and treatment from a doctor who specializes in head injuries, like Dr. Pello. The brain can seem like a delicate and mysterious organ, and if you suffer a trauma to the head in an auto or workplace accident, it can cause a range of scary (and sometimes hidden) symptoms, so getting a thorough exam by a trained neurologist is essential.
Dr. Pello and our entire medical staff are specialists in pain medicine, and are especially sensitive to the fears and apprehensions of head injury patients and their families. We realize that a head injury can be a family affair, involving the entire family in the recovery process, and we work with you and your loved ones every step of the way, delivering your health care with experience and compassion. You receive an exceptionally high standard of care and attention, to help you recover from your accident and get relief from the pain.
A serious head injury is usually very obvious from the start, and sadly these account for 50,000 deaths in the US each year, with half of those deaths occurring within the first two hours of receiving the injury. Injuries which SEEM less traumatic can be equally dangerous, and require the kind of specialized care which Dr. Pello and Tri County Pain Management provide.
If you receive a blow to the head or are involved in an auto or work accident, you should visit the emergency room immediately, then schedule a diagnosis with our pain management physicians so we can help you assess the injury and any required treatments.
We have locations throughout Greater Philadelphia and Delaware, including offices in Warminster, Ardmore, Bethlehem, Exton, West Philadelphia, Willow Grove, Bensalem, and Norristown, PA plus Middletown and Newport, Delaware. Call 215-486-1800 for an appointment.
Concussions and brain injuries can cause a range of symptoms — from very mild to quite severe — and some of them don’t seem serious until later, or you may chalk them up to something else. That’s why it is vital to get diagnosed after any head injury, auto or work accident, to know how serious the condition is.
Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness, however brief
- Sickness and vomiting
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Tiredness and lethargy
- Clear fluid coming from the nose – this might be spinal fluid
- Difficulty in controlling bladder and/or bowels
- Dilated pupils
- Unusual trouble focusing the eyes, double vision, odd eye movements, unequal pupils
- Difficulty in understanding what is going on around you
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble swallowing
- Unusual emotional responses
- Slow breathing
- Low blood pressure
- Unusually slow heart rate
- Changes in hearing or speaking, including slurred or distorted speech, ringing in the ears
- Balance issues and dizziness
Even if you haven’t experienced any of these symptoms or they seem to be getting better, it is very wise to have a neurological and pain management expert check you out after any car accident or accident at work.
Sometimes symptoms take their time to show up, and it is the best thing to begin treatment and care of any issues before symptoms begin to appear.
At the Tri County Pain Management Centers, we have state of the art equipment needed to make the most precise and accurate evaluation of your injury, and the expertise to know the best course of treatment to provide.
Once a brain or head injury has been diagnosed, we can provide you a course of treatment to relieve the pain and manage the injury. You will work closely with your Tri County Pain Management doctors to understand how to get the best possible outcome and relief from the pain.
Symptoms can be distressing, but recovery is possible, and with the help of Dr. Pello and his team at Tri County Pain Management Centre, pain can usually be alleviated, and other symptoms such as balance issues, speech problems, mood swings, and vision difficulties can be alleviated, and a road to better health mapped out.
Surgery is often but not always called for if the brain has been injured. Simple hairline type fractures of the skull can usually be left to heal themselves, under supervision. Minor head injuries can result in full recovery, with the help of an expert who can deal with issues such as headache, pain management, loss of balance and the like.
More serious injuries may need surgical intervention, for example if the skull is shattered and pressing on the brain. Surgery may be extensive, and recovery slow. In some cases, more than one surgical procedure will be involved, as the surgeon may choose to conduct the repair in stages, to allow the body’s natural healing process to take place between surgeries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury, you may recover in the short-term or face a longer road to recovery. Our goal is to get you back to your normal routine and full range of functions, pain-free.
Dr. Pello is an expert in rehabilitation after head injuries, and can help guide you in managing intractable pain, as well as other painful issues which are often complicated by the nature of the injuries.
When head injuries are involved, you want and deserve the very best care — a level of care which is not available from just any medical practice. That’s what we strive to provide at Tri County Pain Management Centers — EXPERT care and treatment of pain from auto accidents, workplace injuries and other painful conditions.
Our many decades of experience in dealing with work and auto-related head traumas and other injuries ensures that you are in the hands of the most knowledgeable team of pain management doctors, dedicated to bringing you back to the best possible health.