Head Injuries Treatment Questions and Answers
If you or someone you love require urgent treatment for a head injury, our board-certified physicians at Midland Family Urgent Care can provide that to you. We happily accept walk-in appointments, so you do not need to make an appointment to see us! Please call us for more information. We have 2 convenient locations to serve you in Omaha NE and Papillion NE.
Any time you injure your head, you should take it seriously! Head injuries can lead to significant problems later in life, affecting your memory, concentration, and mental health, especially when a head injury is not properly treated. As such, we urge you to go to an emergency room, primary care clinic, or to come to an urgent care clinic like ours at Midlands Family Urgent Care if you have suffered a head injury. Our board-certified physicians will treat your head injury with the utmost care and expertise so that you can recover completely without any lingering issues.
What kind of doctor should I see for a head injury?
If you have suffered a concussion or similar head injury, general practitioners or primary care providers are well-trained to provide excellent treatment. Our board-certified physicians at Midlands Family Urgent Care can either provide you with treatment and instructions for care and recovery here at our clinic or refer you to a specialist if the concussion requires the services of a neurologist. The only exception to the head injuries we can treat at Midlands Family Urgent Care is if the injury is life-threatening, in which case you should go to an emergency room immediately to receive the proper care.
What are the warning signs of a head injury?
Head injuries vary from minor to life-threatening. As such, it is essential to know what the warning signs are for concussions and more severe head injuries. Some warning signs to keep an eye out for when it comes to head injuries include the following:
- Agitation, restlessness, or otherwise unusual behavior
- Decreased coordination
- Extreme fatigue or drowsiness
- Loss of consciousness*
- Nausea or vomiting
- Numbness or weakness
- One pupil that is larger than the other
- Repeated shaking or twitching
- Slurred speech
- Worsening headache that does not subside
Depending on the severity of the above symptoms, you may require emergency room services, especially so if you have lost consciousness for any amount of time due to the head injury. For less severe head injury symptoms that do not seem life-threatening, an urgent care clinic like Midlands Family Urgent Care is an excellent option!
How long after head injury do symptoms appear?
If you have suffered a head injury or concussion, you may notice symptoms right away, or it may take up to a week for symptoms to appear. However, symptoms may continue to develop gradually over six weeks or longer, depending on how severe the concussion or head injury is. If the symptoms persist for longer than two or three months, a post-concussion syndrome diagnosis is typically made.
Should you go to the hospital if you hit your head?
If the head injury caused by hitting your head is life-threatening or induced a loss of consciousness for any amount of time, it is vital that you go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately. However, if you think you may have suffered a mild to moderate concussion from hitting your head but are sure it is not life-threatening, the emergency room is not necessary, but you should still go to an urgent care clinic as soon as you can for proper evaluation and treatment. Our board-certified physicians can provide that service for you here at Midlands Family Urgent Care!
If you are looking for a clinic, specializing in head injury treatment, you can find what you seek at Midlands Family Urgent Care! We welcome you to come for a walk-in appointment anytime between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Monday through Saturday or from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM every Sunday. We look forward to your visit here at Midlands Family Urgent Care! We serve patients from Omaha NE, Papillion NE, La Vista NE, Fairview NE, Ralston NE, Bellevue NE, Springfield NE, and surrounding areas.