Head Injuries

Head injuries are any injury to the skull, scalp or brain. Head injuries range from a bump on the head, minor concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Head injuries often occur as a result of an assault, fall, work injury or car accident. Most severe head injuries may result in bleeding in the brain.

Symptoms of post-concussive syndrome and traumatic brain injury may include:

  • Severe headache
  • Feeling drowsy
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • Memory loss
  • Feeling lost, confused
  • Change in mood
  • Coma
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Convulsion and seizure

More serious head injuries involving skull fracture, brain bleed and traumatic brain injury will require hospitalization. Diagnostic studies used to evaluate and treat head injuries include EEG, Head CT Scan and Brain MRI. Treatment may include medication, occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, psychological counseling as part of an interdisciplinary team approach to treating the head injury patient.