Brain Injury Treatment
Treatment for a head injury depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment for a minor head injury includes cold compresses, rest, medications for nausea, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for a serious head injury may require corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, and surgery.
Treatment for head injuries may include:
- Wound care
- Apply a cold compress:
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Tetanus immunization for wounds
- Medications to control seizures
- Intravenous corticosteroids for head injury:
- To control brain swelling
- Surgery for severe head injuries
Brain Injury Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a head injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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