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How Do You Treat a TBI?
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How Do You Treat a TBI?

Receiving Emergency Care for a Brain Injury

Whether you’re injured in a sporting event or involved in a car accident, a blow to the head is always a possibility. Injuries involving your head should always be taken seriously, and often emergency care is needed.

Keep reading to learn how our team at Excel ER can help.

What is a TBI?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to any injury involving a blow to the head, and the condition is also a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. A recent CDC study found that 3 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths were caused by a TBI in one year. Interestingly enough, nearly 80% of TBIs happen to males and are most common for patients 65 years or older. TBIs can happen from a range of incidents, from slips and falls to car accidents and other trauma.

There are different ranges of brain injuries, from a mild concussion to a severe TBI. It is vital for patients to visit the doctor after an injury to their head so they can be properly evaluated. Some patients report experiencing long-lasting and acute side effects after their injury, making diagnosis and proper therapy vital.

When to Visit the Emergency Room

Often, a TBI happens in an instant and can be shocking and confusing — however knowing when to go to the ER is crucial. If you experienced a blow to the head and notice these symptoms, you should dial 911 and head to the emergency room as soon as possible:

  • Confusion or memory loss.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Inability to wake up.
  • Extreme irritability or mood changes.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Speech difficulties.
  • Walking difficulties/loss of balance.
  • Numbness along the face or body.
  • High fever.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Seizures or convulsions.
  • Severe headache or migraines.

TBI Diagnosis & Treatment in Longview, Nacogdoches, and Odessa

Our skillful team at Excel ER is equipped and trained to accurately diagnose and determine the culprit of your head pain. From on-site imaging testing such as digital x-rays or CT scans to bloodwork and diagnostic tests, our proficient staff has a variety of diagnostic procedures and tests available to help identify the root cause of pain.

Call our helpful team for more information at (903) 500-7321.

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