DISCLAIMER: GO TO THE ER IF THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY
You or a loved one were in a car wreck. It was low impact and you thought it was silly to go to the Anderson Hospital or another facility in Madison County because you thought you could sleep it off. The more time goes by you start to get nervous.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Did you blackout or lose consciousness in the wreck?
Are you feeling less alert?
Are you constantly feeling tired?
Are you fatigued or drowsy?
Are you having speech issues?
Do you have memory or concentration problems?
Have you had mood changes or swings since the wreck?
Are you feeling a loss in balance or coordination?
Did you feel jarred in the collision?
Answering yes to one of these questions may be a sign of a brain injury.
You may need treatment. Many treatments just involve over the counter medications and others require specialists and immediate emergency care. Medication may include things a serious as medication to decrease pressure on the brain to Diuretics which are meant to reduce pressure on your brain.
In emergency situations, physicians may want surgery. These include removing clotted blood or blood on the brain (hematomas). There are many options outside of surgery. Many times, physicians require rest.
You won't know whether you have a brain injury unless you treat with a physician. A computerized tomography (CT) scan is a tool that uses a series of images to test for suspected traumatic brain injury. This test can uncover evidence of bleeding on the brain, bruised brains, and brain swelling. Another test that is used is a magnetic resonance imagine (MRI). This test uses a series of magnets to create a detailed view for a physician. While emergency departments are more likely to use the CT scan first and the MRI later if the problem does not improve, both options are available.
One you are diagnosed with a brain injury or a concussion, physicians can determine a treatment plan.
Blows to the head are a serious matter. If you suspect you or a loved one has sustained a head injury, even in a minor car wreck, it is very important to seek emergency medical care.