One of the best qualities about living in Stansbury is how active the community is. With an active community comes the risk for injuries. One type of injury that needs attention is head injury, which can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can occur from a bump, blow or jolt to the brain that interrupts normal function. Not all injuries result in brain trauma and most people recover without problems, but a head injury is something that deserves attention and requires treatment.
Symptoms of a head injury can include bruising to the area injured, headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, vision changes, sleepiness, or balance problems. Sometimes symptoms can be delayed and include difficulty concentrating, behavior changes and difficulty falling to sleep. If someone receives a bump on the head during an activity they should be removed from the activity and evaluated.
When you or your child experience a bump or blow to the head here are few things to do: Have them sit and rest, apply an ice pack to the area. Are there obvious signs of injury with swelling or bruising? Do they seem disoriented or unable to remember the events leading up to the incident? Are they vomiting? Do they have a headache? Was there a period of unconsciousness? Young children can be especially difficult to evaluate; are they crying? Do they not seem to recognize the parent?
Some injuries are unavoidable, but a head injury can sometimes be prevented through the use of helmets while riding a bike, a skateboard, a scooter or skates.
It is difficult to know if someone should be evaluated by a health care provider after receiving a bump on the head. The simple answer is YES all head injuries deserve to be evaluated. Children who receive a concussion while playing sports should be evaluated by a health care professional before returning to play. We at Stansbury Springs Urgent Care are happy to evaluate even the simplest of head bumps and bruises for possibly more serious problems. Further imaging may be needed to assess the level of trauma the brain received.
– Cathrine Carter, FNP