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Hidden injuries after car crashes: Closed head injuries

If you are involved in a car crash, one of the injuries that you should be on the lookout for is a closed head injury. This kind of injury may not seem very likely if you haven’t hit your head or if you’re feeling fine, but the reality is that they are often hidden and may cause symptoms in the next few hours or days following a collision.

The symptoms of closed head injuries range from nausea to losing consciousness. If you start to have any unusual symptoms, seek medical attention right away. Additionally, at the time of a crash, be willing to go to the hospital for a check-up. At the very least, an examination can help identify the injuries that need to be treated.

What are the symptoms of closed head injuries?

The symptoms of closed head injuries include:

  • Hearing and vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Behavior changes
  • Feeling tired
  • Passing out
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Blood or clear fluids leaking from the nose or ears
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Confusion or memory problems

Any of these symptoms could be a sign that your brain was injured in a car crash. Symptoms could start right away, but they often develop over time as the brain swells and more pressure is built up in the skull.

How are tests performed to identify a closed head injury?

Some simple tests can be used to identify a closed head injury, such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. If a brain injury is identified, then some of the possible treatments may include rest without stimulation, medications to help reduce the chances of seizure activity, medications to help with headaches, speech therapy, physical or occupational therapy or others. In some cases, severe bleeds or swelling may require surgery.

Don’t delay in seeking the care you need after a car crash

If you’re involved in a collision, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you get care for any injuries you have. Even if you’re unsure if you’re hurt, head to the hospital for an exam, so any injuries can be identified quickly.

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