A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious issue that millions of Americans experience each year. In 2010 alone, roughly 2.5 million United States citizens went to an emergency room due to a TBI. While getting hit in the head is not always a major cause for concern, most head injuries should receive prompt medical attention to make sure that a TBI is properly addressed. If you need medical attention, be it urgent or for an emergency, visit The Heights Emergency Room in Houston today.
What Causes a TBI?
TBIs occur when brain functioning is disrupted by a blunt blow to the head. Minor TBIs are also called concussions, and they commonly result from sports injuries, car accidents, and major falls.
TBIs and concussions are often accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Confusion / Difficulty thinking clearly
- Decreased coordination
- One dilated pupil
- A severe headache
If you or someone you know is experiencing more than one of these symptoms, we recommend you visit the ER. While many people bounce back quickly after a head injury, some experience internal bleeding that can be life threatening without proper medical treatment.
How to Diagnose TBIs
An ER doctor will perform several tests to determine the severity of the head injury. He or she may ask a series of questions or implement a variety of motor-skill tests. CT scans or MRI scans may also be used to take pictures of the brain and determine the level of trauma. Sometimes the brain injury does not show up on the digital images, but that doesn’t mean that a TBI is not present. An ER doctor will do a thorough check-up to ensure that the head trauma victim is properly diagnosed.
Recovering from a TBI
A concussion or mild TBI can often be overcome within a couple of weeks, but the key to recovery is rest. Most emergency room doctors recommend that victims of a TBI abstain from reading, watching television, and using electronics. This may be for a few days or a few weeks, but cognitive rest is necessary. Getting proper sleep is also imperative in the healing process. People who suffer from a traumatic brain injury are likely to be more tired than normal.
Don’t Hesitate to Visit the Emergency Room
The Heights Emergency Room in Houston, TX Offers 24 Hour Emergency Care. Our unique, state of the art facility includes an On-site Lab & Pharmacy, Private Patient Rooms, and Best of all, No Wait Time. You can be seen by a Board Certified ER Physician Immediately.
The Heights ER is located off of 610, at the corner of North Loop & Yale. (Next to the Whole Foods 365). Stop by our facility today, or call us at (713) 588-0320