Recover from a Head Injury at Exceptional Emergency Center
Head injuries can be incredibly dangerous, even if the trauma seems minor. In fact, they’re among the most common causes of death or disability in adults. The term “head injury” refers to a wide range of conditions that involve the skull, brain, and tissue in the head. Depending on the degree of trauma, you’ll need to seek help right away in the event of a head injury. When the worst happens, Exceptional Emergency Center is here. Our team specializes in these emergencies where time is of the essence. Plus, we have multiple locations throughout Texas, so you can choose the center that makes the most sense for you. Find out more about diagnosing and treating head injuries from our professional team.
Understanding the Different Types of Head Injuries
Numerous types of head injuries can hamper your quality of life or cause severe disability. Before we begin treatment, we’ll identify exactly which condition you’re suffering from. Some of the most common head injuries we see at Exceptional Emergency Center include:
· Concussion: Most of us are familiar with the symptoms of a mild concussion. However, there are many different types of concussion with varying levels of severity. Before you write your condition off as a simple head concussion, be sure to speak with our team.
· Linear Skull Fractures: This head injury is the most common type of skull fracture and involves a break in the bone that doesn’t cause movement.
· Depressed Skull Fracture: This closed head injury occurs when a traumatic event causes part of the skull to sink.
· Basilar Skull Fracture: As the most severe type of skull fracture, basilar fractures occur when a bone breaks at the base of the skull.
· Intracranial Hematoma: This traumatic brain injury involves blood clots in various locations around the brain.
· Diffuse Axonal Injury: A type of intracranial hematoma, these head injuries occur during car accidents, falls, and any other event where the brain is shaken back and forth.
Look Out for These Symptoms of Mild Head Injuries
Depending on the severity of the brain trauma, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. Mild concussions and head injuries often involve headaches, shallow cuts along the scalp, bruising, light sensitivity, and nausea. In some cases, head injuries cause confusion or dizziness, as well as bouts of irritability. If you suspect minor head trauma combined with any of these symptoms, it’s always best to reach out to Exceptional Emergency Center for a professional diagnosis. Other warning signs might include:
- Poor balance
- Trouble concentrating or remembering
- Blurred vision
- Fatigue or changes in sleep patterns
- Ringing in the ears
Addressing Major Traumatic Brain Injuries
While the symptoms of mild head injuries are not immediately dangerous, severe brain trauma requires medical attention as soon as possible. Whether you’ve had a major football concussion or another traumatic brain injury, you’ll need to be on the lookout for these signs of a severe condition:
- Severe, chronic headaches and nausea
- Short-term memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Visible, deep wounds on the head
- Blood draining from the ears or nose
- Loss of consciousness
- Pale complexion and sweating
- Coma or vegetative state
A Wide Range of Treatments for Brain Trauma
Whenever you suspect significant head trauma, prompt treatment is a necessity. Whether you’re looking for concussion treatment or emergency care, Exceptional Emergency Center is your trusted healthcare provider. If you or a loved one has sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, treatment is usually simple. In many cases, we prescribe the patient pain relievers to minimize headache symptoms. They’ll need close monitoring at home and several follow-up appointments, but no extensive treatment plans are typically necessary. However, severe brain swelling and head trauma require much more involved treatment. Patients may be prescribed anti-seizure drugs, or for the most serious of cases, coma-inducing medications. In other severe situations, the patient may need surgery, either to remove blood clots or to repair major skull fractures.
Helping You Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury
Unfortunately, most traumatic brain injuries come with long recovery times. Most patients aren’t totally recovered once they leave Exceptional Emergency Center and will need ample rehabilitation. Luckily, there are plenty of professionals waiting to help you regain any skills you lost after your brain injury. We may suggest patients visit occupational therapists, speech pathologists, or in-home nurses for additional care. This will depend on the extent and severity of the head trauma. Rest assured, the team at Exceptional Emergency Center will point you in the right direction.