The Importance of Monitoring a Head Injury After An Accident

Mild traumatic brain injuries many times do not require medical treatment to heal and the injury victim is usually sent home after testing at the hospital. One cannot stress the importance of closely monitoring a mild traumatic head injury at home for any new symptoms or worsening of the current symptoms.

Usually, the emergency room doctor will give specific instructions for both follow-up care and for return to work, school or sports or other related activities. Care should be taken to avoid activities where further trauma can result from an additional impact to the head or neck areas. Doctors are usually very conservative in their return to sports analysis for young athletes injured with a concussion.

A story comes to mind of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Houston, Texas about a year ago. A woman was involved in a “fender bender” and the police were called, information exchanged and the woman went home without seeking treatment. Later on the woman developed a headache that got worse over time and eventually got so bad that she went to the emergency room of the local hospital. The woman tragically never left the hospital and died from complications from a head injury. This tragic tale is one that should give everyone pause has symptoms of a closed head injury after an accident.

Some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can include:

*unconsciousness even if very temporarily

*poor memory – inability to remember


*blurred vision

*changes in personality-irritability

*confusion or disorientation

*loss of sleep

The most common form of a mild dramatic brain injury is a concussion that either results in temporary loss of consciousness such as a moment or two or know one consciousness at all but was symptoms occurring shortly after the impact or within the next few days or weeks. Loss of consciousness can be a big factor in the evaluation and treatment of a closed head injury.

If a victim has been unconscious for more than 30 minutes, the emergency room doctors will take special caution in evaluating the seriousness of the brain injury and will run a number of tests such as a CT scan out of the abundance of caution. Given the tragic story told above, caution is the operative word when dealing with a concussion or a closed head injury.

If you’ve been in an automobile accident and are experiencing any symptoms of a head injury, use caution and get yourself checked by a qualified physician. If you’ve been in accidents and have been diagnosed with a post injury or concussion, take special care in monitoring the situation as advised by your physicians.

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