Head injuries can range widely in severity and repercussions. If you suspect a serious head injury, visit us at SignatureCare Emergency Center. Our doctors are board-certified and available night and day, every day of the year. Our facilities are equipped to handle whatever you bring us. Schedule an appointment with us today.
Head injuries are trauma to the brain, scalp or skull. The severity of a head injury can range from a small bump on the head to a serious injury that damages the brain. Open head injuries occur when something penetrates the skull and brain, while closed head injuries occur when something hits the head.
Common Causes of Head Injuries
- Sports – Many athletes who are involved in sports suffer from concussions, which are the result of the brain hitting the skull after a fall or collision. Sports concussions can be very serious, and if a person suffers from multiple concussions during his lifetime, his brain may be permanently damaged.
- Falls – If a person falls and hits his head, it causes a head injury. The fall may only cause a small bump or bruise on the head, but it may also cause significant damage. In severe cases, the skull may be cracked or the brain may be bruised.
- Automobile accidents – Automobile accidents may cause head injuries, especially if the driver or passenger is ejected from the car. If the person goes through the windshield, the glass may penetrate the skull and damage the brain. If the impact causes the person to hit the dashboard or the seat in front of him, he may suffer from a concussion or other head injury.
- Physical assault – Physical fights can cause serious head injuries, especially if the head is repeatedly kicked, punched or hit with blunt objects.
When to Seek Medical Attention:
Some head injuries do not require medical attention, but others can be serious, even if there is no visible evidence of the injury. If you suspect your injury may have more serious underlying symptoms, visit us immediately. Be on the lookout for the following:
- You become very tired or sleepy after receiving the head injury
- The head is bleeding profusely
- You are not able to move your arms or legs
- Your pupils are not the same size
- You have a stiff neck or a severe headache
- You begin vomiting
- Your speech becomes slurred
- You become easily confused
- A child who has received a head injury does not want to eat
- An infant has a bulging soft spot in the head after being injured
Minor head injuries may go away without medical intervention, but moderate to severe injuries need to be treated by a doctor to minimize damage to the brain. If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury, visit us today. Schedule an emergency room appointment with us.