Head injuries can be very dangerous. Whether it’s a concussion or other serious brain trauma, you should take any head or brain injury seriously, seek medical attention as soon as possible, and follow doctor’s orders carefully to avoid exacerbating or worsening the injury. Brain trauma can have lasting repercussions and can even cause personality changes.
How to Avoid Brain Traumas
Obviously, there is a risk of head injury anytime you partake in a sport or physical activity that could lead to you falling or colliding with something. Avoiding these kinds of activities, like football or boxing, when you have an existing head injury will keep the injury from worsening. Also, always follow safety precautions when playing these sports or participating in these activities: wear a helmet when biking, skating, playing football or rugby, and when riding a motorcycle or racing cars. Also wear neck protection where necessary.
What to Look Out For
Any blow to the head that results in any loss of consciousness, no matter how brief, should be taken very seriously. Other signs of serious brain trauma are loss of speech, confusion, trembling, trouble walking or lack of coordination, and enlarged pupils. If one pupil is larger than the other, seek medical help immediately. You should also be aware of any of these symptoms even if the blow to the head wasn’t recent; sometimes it can take hours or days for the symptoms of a head trauma to manifest.
What to Do if You Suffer a Head Injury
If you or a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately. Brain traumas can often be treated but they must be handled carefully and addressed promptly. When undergoing treatment for a head injury, be sure not to exacerbate the problem by taking part in any sports or activities where you could re-injure your head. Go slowly back into your activities, get plenty of rest, and follow your doctor’s orders. If you suffer any amnesia, loss of consciousness, or aphasia (inability to speak or remember certain words), see your doctor immediately.
Brain injuries can be very mild and treatable, or they can be extremely serious. In general, you should always take them seriously because even a mild head trauma can have significant impact if left untreated or improperly treated. Always see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms listed here, and always take safety precautions when engaging in dangerous activities.
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