More than 1.5 million Americans suffer a serious head injury every year. Untreated, a head injury could lead to a long-term disability or even death, but you can avoid severe consequences by seeking treatment from the head injury experts at Wellness and Surgery. At their Ardsley, New York, office and locations throughout New York and New Jersey, Jonathan Arad, MD, Michelle Molina, MD, and their caring team offer a wide range of treatments to support your full recovery. Call the office or book an appointment with the online scheduler now.
A head injury describes a blow to your head, violent shaking, or any other situation in which your head moves significantly enough to cause brain injury. The primary head injury happens at the time of the event that causes the damage.
Other changes, called secondary injuries, may occur in the hours and days that follow. Secondary injuries happen when swelling, hemorrhaging, and increased pressure within your skull lead to decreased cerebral blood flow. This, in turn, leads to a cascade of negative effects inside your brain, ultimately killing brain tissue.
The most common causes of head injuries include:
Head injuries can occur without physical injury, as well. Examples include stroke, lack of oxygen, brain tumors, infectious disease, and brain aneurysms.
A head injury can cause symptoms such as:
Others may observe that you have symptoms like slurred speech, a dazed appearance, repeating yourself when speaking, and taking a long time to answer questions. If you or someone you love experiences these symptoms, don’t wait to schedule an evaluation at Wellness and Surgery.
At Wellness and Surgery, your board-certified neurologist starts with a comprehensive brain assessment. This includes the Glasgow Coma Scale, a test to determine the severity of your injury, and thus a starting place for brain testing.
You'll commonly undergo imaging tests like a CT scan and MRI, and you need other specialized testing to determine the specific way that the injury affects your brain.
Your treatment commonly includes rest and customized neurological rehabilitation. You may need both physical and occupational therapy, as well as speech therapy depending on your situation. Recovery can take time, but returning to your full abilities is well worth the effort.
With a swift diagnosis and immediate treatment, a head injury need not lead to permanent disability. Learn more about how the Wellness and Surgery team can help you keep your brain healthy by calling the office or clicking the provided scheduling link now.