The Physical and Mental Consequences of a Bump or Blow to the Head
When you’ve had any type of bump or blow to the head, even if the impact seems to be minor or insignificant, you can be at risk of serious complications. It’s essential that, in the aftermath of any type of head injury, you immediately seek medical attention. You should go to a hospital emergency room or an urgent care facility, if your injury involves loss of consciousness or an open wound. You can also schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, who can conduct the necessary assessment and either prescribe a regimen of care or refer you to a specialist.
What Are the Potential Complications of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
The possible consequences of a TBI can be either mental, physical or both:
- How a traumatic brain injury can affect you physically—A TBI can have a number of physical manifestations:
- Headaches—Headaches are virtually universal after a bump or blow to the head. If they persist for more than a day or two, they may be an indication of a more serious injury.
- Infections—If you’ve had any penetrating type of injury, or a skull fracture, you can be at risk of bacterial infection
- Hydrocephalus, or swelling in the brain—You may have a buildup of spinal fluid, which can cause pressure on your brain and limit the flow of oxygen
- Seizures—These can occur immediately after a head injury or may not appear for weeks, months or years
- The impact of a traumatic brain injury on your consciousness
- Coma—It’s not uncommon, when you have had significant head trauma, for you to lose consciousness. This may last for moments, hours or extended periods of time.
- Minimal consciousness—You may have some limited self-awareness, but not be fully conscious of your surroundings
- Vegetative state—In this condition, you may open your eyes, respond to touch or make sounds, but lack awareness of your surroundings
- Brain death—This is an irreversible condition where you lack any brain function
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-866-586-1755 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.