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A head injury refers to an external or internal wound affecting the scalp, skull, or brain. Common types of head injuries include concussion, skull fracture, and brain hemorrhage.
For any type of head injury in Arizona, visit Dignity Health for expert diagnosis and treatment. In the event of a serious injury to the head, call 9-1-1 for immediate medical care.
The symptoms of an external head injury are bleeding and swelling. Internal head injury symptoms are often not recognizable. For this reason, you should seek prompt medical care to confirm or rule out any complications.
The most common symptoms of an internal head injury include:
You should call 9-1-1 for a head injury with these symptoms:
If you need to go to the ER, use our InQuicker™ online tool by selecting your estimated hospital arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen. Upon arrival and check-in, you will see a doctor who will assess your situation and determine the next appropriate level of care.
The most common reason for a head injury is blunt force trauma to the head. This includes falls, sporting accidents, injuries sustained while working, assaults, and motor vehicle accidents.
Follow these steps in the event of a head injury:
The type of treatment for a head injury will depend on its severity. Doctors at Dignity Health can perform surgery to remove objects from wounds or may use stitches to close up a wound.
Minor head injuries can often be treated at home by disinfecting the wound, applying bandages and cold compresses to help reduce swelling, and taking over-the-counter pain relief medicine.
The most effective way to prevent a head injury is to always wear a seatbelt while driving or riding in an automobile and wear a helmet during recreational or sporting activities.