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.