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A 48-year-old female asked:

My husband fell from the ladder and hit his head and injured his back and arms. my concern was a head injury, but he does not have vomiting, headache or disorientation. he has a bump on his head and his body is extremely sore. what can we do?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Observation: Monitor status from day to day. Sounds like a minor head injury, and the soreness fits more with strains and bruising, not fractures or severe consequences. Maintain good hydration, dietary measures, stretching and gentle exercise. Can use local warmth after the first 24-36 hrs. If he continues to improve, no reason for alarm. If instead he worsens, then contact physician. Also, NO ladders.
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Cautious watching: Any direct head impact is concerning. for ANY mental or neurologic change, he should be immediately evaluated by a physician. He should be awoken during the night each hour for the first night. Any pupil size difference should be cause alarm and concerng.

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