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Head injuries can be external (affecting the scalp) or internal (involving the skull or brain). They can also be closed (meaning the skull remains intact) or open (indicating the skull is broken).
Examples of head injuries are:
If you have a head injury or trauma in the Sacramento region, it’s important to get it checked out as soon as possible by a medical professional. The experts at Dignity Health are here to provide advanced emergency services. Call 911 or use InQuicker™, our online waiting service, to select your estimated arrival time at a Dignity Health ER.
Trauma is the cause of head injuries. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, assault, falls, and accidents at work or during sports or other activities.
Signs and symptoms of head injury depend on the specific injury. For scalp wounds, the main symptom is bleeding. The scalp can bleed a lot because it is very rich in blood vessels that are close to the skin. Swelling can also occur. You may have a knot (or bump) on the scalp.
Symptoms of internal head injuries may or may not be seen right away. The head may appear fine, so it’s hard to know how serious a head injury is without a medical evaluation. Symptoms of an internal head injury can include:
Seek emergency medical care at Dignity Health or call 911 for the following symptoms:
Your experienced emergency doctor will determine your treatment strategy based on the type and severity of head injury. Our ERS are equipped with the latest technologies, and you can be confident you will receive exceptional care from a knowledgeable team.
Minor injuries, such as surface scalp wounds, usually heal with home management. For severe head injuries, dial 911 and follow these tips: