The risk of head injuries is far more likely than most people anticipate. Whether from worksite accidents, biking accidents, or even home renovation or repair accidents, head injuries can arise in myriad ways. This is why it is paramount that people are aware of the risks they face with head and neck injuries.
Understanding whether a person has a significant head injury or simply a sore neck is critical to ensuring that the injury is treated correctly. This is why understanding the symptoms of common head injuries is so important to safeguarding your own and your loved ones' health and wellbeing. No one wants to become unnecessarily panicked, but missing out on pivotal medical care can make a tremendous impact on a patient's quality of life should an injury be more severe than it initially appears.
At AlaMed Injury Clinics, we are experienced in diagnosing and treating head injuries.
The least concerning type of head injury is standard bruising or aching muscles. This is the most common form of head and neck injury sustained in less serious accidents. A bruise may take some time to appear on the head or neck, but the area will be tender and possibly swollen immediately following impact. Bruising may sometimes manifest as a lump or a “knot” initially, and the area will be tender to the touch.
However, there is not a severe risk of harm from this kind of head injury, so medical attention is most likely not needed. Keep an eye on the person to make sure they're able to remain focused, and if they lose their ability to know where they are or to speak, make sure to seek medical attention.
Mild Head Injury or Concussions
A mild head injury often results in a momentary inability to focus after a significant fall or impact to the head. More severe than simple bruising, but not so traumatic that a trip to the emergency department is required, a mild head injury can usually be treated by ice and time spent resting. The victim may become unconscious for a short period or have memory loss. But they should become responsive again within a short timeframe, without long-lasting damage.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most worrisome head injuries is a traumatic brain injury. Also sometimes referred to as an acquired brain injury, a traumatic brain injury is where impact to the head is so severe that the brain is actually jostled about in the skull. When such an event occurs, there can be a tremendous negative impact on the functionality of the brain. Bruising or disruption to the fragile brain matter can significantly decrease your ability to understand, speak, think, and even undertake everyday activities.
A traumatic brain injury will most likely initially manifest with a coma or other systemic attempt made by the body to “shut down.” Should someone feel faint or tired after a fall, or if the person cannot be woken up, medical professionals must be called immediately.
The longer someone is unconscious or not receiving proper medical care, the more long-term damage can be happening to the brain. That is why action must be taken immediately if a person is unconscious after a fall or slip, or if a person struggles to focus their eyes or maintain their power of speech.
Fractures of the Skull or Neck
An equally dangerous head injury is a fracture of the skull or the neck. Much like traumatic brain injuries, fractures in these areas of the body put your overall physical health at risk. A neck fracture can cause a spinal cord injury, meaning that the victim could be paralyzed.
Even tight muscles in the shoulders or the neck can greatly limit your range of motion, so it should come as no surprise that a fracture in this same area can have devasting consequences. If someone can't move parts of their body after a fall, they need immediate medical attention. This is the case because if the body is immobile after a fall, this means that fractures are likely.
AlaMed Injury Clinics Treats All Common Head Injuries
If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury, AlaMed Injury Clinics is here to help. Our team will do a thorough examination and suggest the best treatment options. We always treat and document your injuries with the utmost care and scrutiny. Get in touch with us today by calling (205) 963-0000 or contacting us online.