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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is head injury?

A head injury is any trauma, or damage, to your brain, skull or scalp, which may be open or closed. These can range from a mild bruise to a severe traumatic brain injury. Common head injuries include scalp wounds, concussions and skull fractures.

Symptoms related to head injury

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for head injury

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose head injury

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

Treatment for head injury

The treatment and prognosis of head injuries depends on the type and severity of the head injury. In minor head injuries, your doctor may prescribe you with painkillers for the pain. In severe cases, your doctor might recommend hospitalisation, IV medication and possibly surgery.

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