A head injury is defined as anything that causes injury to your scalp, skull or brain. A head injury can result from a bump, a fall, a collision while playing sports, a car accident, or other factors, and can vary in severity from minor to life threatening. Many head injuries are minor, as the skull often provides adequate protection of the brain. However, the skull doesn’t need to be broken for a head injury to be considered severe. Below is a list of symptoms that can indicate that a head injury warrants worrying. Keep in mind that symptoms of a head injury may be immediately apparent or may not be noticeable for hours or even days after an incident.
• Nagging, painful headaches or stiffness of the neck
• Drainage from the ears, nose or mouth
• Changes in the appearance of the pupils
• Fracturing of the skull
• Bruising and/or swelling
• Trouble seeing, hearing, smelling or tasting
• Reduction in blood pressure
• Difficulty remembering
• Changes in personality or behavior
• Trouble with coordination
• Nausea or vomiting
• Unusual fatigue
• Loss of consciousness
• Difficulty sleeping
• Ringing in the ears
Also note that any improvement in symptoms followed by a sudden reoccurrence of symptoms can be a sign of a problem.
If you suspect that a head injury may be serious, seek immediate medical care. In addition to offering level II trauma services, The Medical Center of Plano is home to NeuroLink offering comprehensive brain and spine services. NeuroLink means a combination of pioneering physicians, innovative technology and an extremely high level of neuroscience care. For more information, visit us online or call us at (972) 596-6800.