Emerman says patients who’ve suffered a head injury should visit the Emergency Department immediately if they: Lost consciousness or became confused/disoriented after they were injured. Suffered the injury at a high speed (car or bike accident, a steep fall, etc.) Are vomiting or feel nauseated.
An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury. Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling.
Concussion Danger Signs
Grade 1: Mild, with symptoms that last less than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness. Grade 2: Moderate, with symptoms that last longer than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness. Grade 3: Severe, in which the person loses consciousness, sometimes for just a few seconds.
Testicular swelling or pain. Intestinal bleeding. Vision problems. Dislocated joints or broken bones.
When should I see my doctor? You should see your doctor after a head injury if you have any of the symptoms listed above. You should see your doctor right away or go to the emergency room if you have bad headaches, repeated vomiting, difficulty using your arms or legs, or worsening sleepiness or confusion.
In fact, experts now recognize rest as an essential part of recovering from a mild head injury, especially during the first three to five days. But if you don’t fit this criteria, see your healthcare provider right away. Even without any symptoms of a serious concussion, it’s best to err on the side of caution.
Signs of a serious head injury. Seek immediate medical attention if, after a knock to the head, you notice any of these symptoms in either you or your child: unconsciousness, either briefly or for a longer period of time. difficulty staying awake or still being sleepy several hours after the injury.
Seek immediate emergency medical care if you have danger signs
You may be at risk for CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] later in life.” CTE and related head injuries can lead to short-term memory problems and difficulty in making reasoned judgments and decisions. For a person in his 50s, these symptoms could be the result of head trauma.
Sharp and painful headaches, along with confusion, are often the first signs of brain bleeding. However, the symptoms often depend on the bleed’s location. If you recently suffered from brain trauma and begin experiencing different or worsening symptoms, seek emergency medical help immediately.
People can often treat mild head injuries at home. Applying a cold pack to the area can help to reduce swelling. A person can also take Tylenol but should avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin, unless a doctor prescribes them.
The purpose of imaging tests, such as a head CT, is to determine if there is bleeding inside or around the brain, if there is a skull fracture, or if there are other serious brain injuries. Most children with a minor head injury do not require an imaging test because the risk of a serious brain injury is small.