Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is when the brain is damaged due to a blow or jolt to the head. TBI can range in severity from mild to life threatening.
Dignity Health North State hospitals offer expert emergency medical services and both inpatient and outpatient care for traumatic brain injury in Northern California.
If you suspect a severe head injury, call 911 right away. For all other non-life-threatening injuries, visit a Dignity Health location near you:
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Most cases of traumatic brain injury are caused by a sudden, forceful impact to the head. This includes falling and hitting your head, being forcibly shaken, hitting your head on an object, and receiving a blow to the head. TBI can also occur when a sharp object damages the brain by piercing the skull.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the head injury. Common signs and symptoms of TBI include:
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty awakening from sleep
- Dilated pupils in one or both eyes
- Signs of stroke, including numbness in the arms, legs, or face and weakness in one side
TBI Treatment at Dignity Health North State
Treatment for traumatic brain injury includes neurocritical care and acute rehabilitation. A neurologist at Dignity Health North State will oversee your care following a TBI. The location of the injury and the extent of brain damage will guide your treatment. Treatment may include surgery, psychotherapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Our neurology department works closely with the emergency care team to offer you the highest level of advanced care for TBI with a focus on compassion and humankindness.
Dignity Health North State hospitals provide treatment in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.