Brain injuries are often underdiagnosed and have the potential to lead
to a wide range of chronic issues down the road. That’s why it is
important to understand the signs of brain injuries along with their common
causes. When you are able to recognize an acquired or traumatic brain
injury, you will be more likely to seek the appropriate care in the
emergency room. Below, you can see some quick facts about brain injuries that will help
you take the right steps in caring for these types of injuries.
Brain injuries have many unlikely symptoms.
Traumatic brain injuries sustained through significant external force are
easy to identify, but less severe brain injuries may have a wide range
of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms that you may not immediately
associate with a blow to the head. Symptoms of a brain injury may include:
short attention span, difficulty focusing, memory loss, balance issues,
headaches, muscle spasms, depression, anxiety, and frequent mood swings.
You may need several weeks to heal from a brain injury.
With a brain injury, it is important not to return to regular activities
too quickly. You may need to take some time off work or school, avoid
driving or operating heavy machinery, and get plenty of rest to allow
enough time for a complete recovery. Follow-up visits with your primary
physician or a neurological specialist will also be important for monitoring
the outcome of the injury.
Anyone may suffer from a brain injury.
While injuries like concussions are often associated with athletes, it
is important to remember that there are all different causes of brain
injuries, making most people susceptible to brain injuries of some type.
Oxygen deprivation, electric shock, seizures, stroke, substance abuse,
and toxic exposure are all possible causes of brain injuries that do not
involve physical force directly to the head.
If you suffer any type of brain injury, the emergency room at Southern
Hills Hospital is there for you with advanced imaging technologies and
some of the lowest wait times in the Las Vegas region. We also provide
dedicated neurological care with our
advanced neurosciences services, which you can learn more about online or by calling (702) 880-2700.