Tulare County Brain & Spinal Trauma Treatment
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.
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
- 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.
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.