Traumatic Brain Injury
That “bump on your head” may be more serious
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from a mild concussion to severe head damage. It can be caused by a fall, a blow to the head, or any other impact that shakes or jars the brain. TBI can cause swelling, bruising, and even the possible tearing of brain tissue.
Play it safe with your brain
Don’t “play doctor” when it comes to suspected TBI. Get medical help if you notice any of these symptoms:
- A headache that gets worse or does not go away
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
- Dilated eye pupils
Our care doesn’t end when your initial treatment does
At Mercy, we offer many treatment and rehabilitation options to aid your recovery from brain injury. Sometimes, we offer these services on a long-term or continuing basis. Our programs range from speech and language therapy to physical and occupational therapy. They can help you live independently and return to regular activities as soon as possible. Medications can also be prescribed to deal with chronic pain, headaches, anxiety or depression.
So what’s the prognosis?
Every case is different, of course, but most patients with mild cases of TBI can expect a full recovery. In those cases where the damage is more severe, there can be long-term issues with moving, speaking and even learning.
Get help for TBI
Visit our Find A Physician page or call 1.877.GO MERCY to find a neurologist or neurosurgeon near you to help treat TBI.