Brain & Spinal Trauma

Kaweah Delta is Here to Treat Your Traumatic Brain Injury or Spinal Trauma Right in the Central Valley

Trauma to the brain occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe and result in various health issues, including temporary dysfunction of brain cells, bleeding, torn tissues, bruising or even death. Spinal trauma refers to any damage that occurs to the spinal cord that results in a bruise or tear. Spinal cord injuries are serious and, depending on the location of the trauma, may result in partial or total loss of body movement.

If you suspect that a loved one located in the Central Valley is suffering from a traumatic brain injury or spinal trauma, click HERE to get in contact with the neurosurgeons affiliated with Kaweah Delta Health Care District as soon as possible for treatment.

Spinal Injury & Brain Injury Symptoms

Common symptoms of spinal trauma include:

  • Spinal shock, or a loss of feeling and movement below the site of the trauma
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Heart rate problems
  • Loss of bowel and bladder function

If you are experiencing any of the following signs, you may be suffering from brain trauma:

  • Loss of consciousness that may last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes
  • State of confusion or disorientation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Mood changes
  • Memory problems

Efficiently Treating Your Brain or Spinal Trauma

If you have spinal trauma, it is important to protect the spine and keep it immobilized during diagnosis. Your neurosurgeon may order X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and a clinical exam to assess the damage to your spine. In the case of spinal trauma, immediate treatment is necessary to prevent any additional damage to the spinal cord. Surgery may be necessary to relieve any pressure in your spine or stabilize fractured vertebrae. Long-term recovery options may include physical, speech and occupational therapies.

From diagnosis to rehabilitation, neurosurgeons at Kaweah Delta will be with you every step of the way through your brain or spinal trauma treatment. Schedule a consultation with your primary care doctor or click HERE

In Visalia, Kaweah Delta’s surgical team and local neurosurgeons partner to provide excellent treatment of brain and spine trauma injuries for patients from Visalia, Hanford, Tulare, Porterville, Fresno, Bakersfield and surrounding areas.