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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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How to know how bad a head injury is and what to do if woozy?

How to know how bad a head injury is and what to do if woozy?

Unconsciousness: Head injury severity is determined by the duration of symptoms following the injury. If you have wooziness for less than 15 minutes you are probably ok, if it lasts longer than an hour it is more serious, if you are unaware of your surroundings for more than a day it is very serious. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get head injury?

How common is it for somebody to get head injury?

Relatively uncommon: Each year in the United States: at least 1.4 million people sustain a tbi. Of these, about 50, 000 die, 235, 000 are hospitalized, and 1.1 million are treated and released from an ed. Approximately 475, 000 tbis occur among children ages 0 to 14 years. Falls are the leading cause of tbi; rates are highest for children ages 0-4 and adults ages 75 or older. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a fractured skull or concussion?

How do I know if it is a fractured skull or concussion?

Definitions: A cerebral concussion is head trauma associated with loss of consciousness, amnesia or a combination of both. A skull fracture can be seen on a cat scan, and may or may not be associated with a concussion. Hopefully, the skull absorbs the force and there is no brain damage. ...Read more

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How do I know when a knee injury is serious enough to see a podiatrist?

How do I know when a knee injury is serious enough to see a  podiatrist?

If pain persists: If you have had a traumatic knee injury or persistent pain, you should see your orthopedist. If you have overuse knee discomfort, then sometimes the problems may be secondary to abnormal foot function. Improving foot function with better shoes and supports can be helpful. Chronic or acute problems, see your orthopedist for an evaluation first. Dr l. ...Read more

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If you had to boil it down, what is neck trauma?

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If you had to boil it down, what is neck trauma?

Injury to the neck: Neck trauma refers to any injury to the neck. A neck injury can occur with a fall, a sports injury, a car accident, or other types of accidents. The injury to the neck can be a strain, a bulge or rupture of a disc (the pad between the vertebrae), a tearing of ligaments, or fracture (break) to one or more of the bones of the neck. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a traumatic brain injury?

How to know if I have a traumatic brain injury?

Go to ER !: Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects: no loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented •loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes •memory or concentration problems •headache •loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours •profound confusion •agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior•slurred speech. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get a contusion?

How common is it for somebody to get a contusion?

More than we think: Contusions- bruising in the brain probably happens more often than we think. Many athletes with head injuries have suffered unknown contusions in the brain- thinking these were only concussions. The symptoms are identical and contusions are actually much more serious. Hopefully we will be more vigilant in the future while we observe head injuries more closely. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether my eye injury is severe enough to see a doctor?

How can I tell whether my eye injury is severe enough to see a doctor?

Eye injury: Generally any eye injury should be evaluated by an md because your personal evaluation cannot necessarily detect problems that may require treatment. Particularly important to have a prompt evaluation for change in vision, pain, floaters, flashes, bruising, scratchy sensation, double vision, discharges, loss of vision, just to name a few. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get traumatic nerve injury?

How common is it for somebody to get traumatic nerve injury?

Highly variable: In order for it to happen one has to suffer trauma to a nerve or nerve plexus. This can happen from blunt trauma, lacerations, gun shot woulds etc. ...Read more

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When is a head injury so serious that you should see a doctor?

When is a head injury so serious that you should see a doctor?

Open/Closed Head Inj: My HealthTap colleagues mentioned critical factors 2 consider after a head injury in relation 2 seeking care. I'd add that more & more we R learning about importance of getting evaluated after a "closed" head injury - the kind of injury that involves suffering a blow to the head or having your head jerked around a lot - even a "minor" one. (Think: football.) The effects can persist. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is hope after brain injury?

Always some!: Its hard to say without knowing severity or more of the clinical picture, but there always is some hope, especially in the first year. An important thing to look at with a traumatic brain injury is to identify that new normal and optimizing function from that point on. I hope that helps a little and best of luck. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get neck trauma?

Common: The neck supports your heavy head with flexibility and the ability to allow passage of major nerves, breathing and alimentary tubes. It is vulnerable to strain in athletic contests and especially auto accidents. Neck trauma with strain can cause local pain, referred nerve pain and muscle dysfunction. If severe you can fracture neck bones. See your orthopod for this. Avoid chiropractors. ...Read more

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If you had to boil it down, what is chest trauma?

If you had to boil it down, what is chest trauma?

Kinetic energy: Deceleration trauma, baro trauma, penetrating trauma. All of these are forms of thoracic trauma. They may result or not on life threatening situations depending on the kinetic energy transfer. ...Read more

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What to do if i heard a concussion gives you brain damage is this true?

What to do if i heard a concussion gives you brain damage is this true?

Yes: A concussion does result in brain damage, but if mild, the damage is so little it is likely unable to be measured/detected. The bigger issue is to protect oneself from another concussion, especially soon after the first. See your doctor about your specific situation. Wear head protection as appropriate depending on your activities. ...Read more

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How do you know a hard hit on the head is serious?

How do you know a hard hit on the head is serious?

Many signs: Among the signs of severe head injury are persistent headaches, seizures, loss of smell or taste, skull fracture, loss of consciousness, memory difficulty or loss, and other signs. ...Read more

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Is there any reason to go to the hospital if i think I have a bad bruise or a possible rib fracture ?

Is there any reason to go to the hospital if i think I have a bad bruise or a possible rib fracture  ?

Yes: Yes, if you note shortness of breath, severe chest pain, productive cough (especially if coughing up anything that has any blood streaks in it) or if you feel a "crunchiness" to the skin overlying the possible area of rib fracture. These signs would suggest complications. Otherwise, not necessary to go to the hospital since there is very little that can be done for a fractured or bruised rib. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Head Trauma (Definition)

Any injury to the face, skull, or brain as a result of blunt force, or penetrating trauma. It can also occur due to rapid ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma, meaning direct hits to the head, or a shockwave to the ...Read more