Understanding the symptoms and treatment of head injuries

Head injuries can vary significantly in terms of severity. In extreme circumstances, a head injury could result in a brain injury that causes debilitating side effects including memory loss, reduced motor function and even severe handicap. Less-severe injuries can create short-term risks that must be carefully monitored to prevent further injury. If people suspect that they have received a head injury in Kentucky, it is in their best interest to immediately see their medical provider to ensure that proper treatment and therapy is begun right away. 

Head injuries can occur in a variety of ways including sports, recreational activities and car accidents to name a few. According to Web MD, some of the symptoms that may indicated that someone has received a more severe injury than a standard concussion include the following:

  • Labored breathing. 
  • Swelling and bruising. 
  • Paralysis.
  • Fractures or abnormalities in facial features. 
  • Inability to speak or see clearly. 
  • Vomiting. 

Depending on the circumstances that led to a person's injury as well as the severity of the injury, treatment plans could look quite different from patient to patient. Healthline.com suggests that some types of treatment that could be considered include rehabilitation. This process will enable people to learn more about their head injury and how to carefully navigate its risks to avoid worsening their condition. They may also require surgery to correct any problems that resulted from their accident that led to their injury. Finally, they may be prescribed medication to help manage their pain or to provide expedited healing from their injury.  

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