What is a head injury?
At the extreme, head injuries can result in permanent mental impairment, even fatality. For the most, head injuries are an accepted risk of sports and recreational activities – and it’s important to take the necessary steps to minimize any risk. Concussions are the most prevalent type of head injury in sport. You don’t have to experience an impact on the head to sustain a head injury or a concussion. A blow elsewhere on the body can produce enough force to affect the brain. Similarly, people don’t always lose consciousness with a head injury. For instance, concussions range from mild to severe. The effects of a head injury could either be evident immediately or not arise for hours, even days after the incident.
There are many indicators for head injuries. Here are some of the sign to look out for.
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Double or unclear vision
- Memory loss
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Trouble remembering
For problems that are more severe, look out for:
- Change to size of pupils
- Distorted facial features
- Fracture to the skull or face
- Trouble moving one or more limbs
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech or foggy vision
- Stiff neck or vomiting
Because a head injury could potentially be lethal, it is important to seek medical advice. Immediate treatment for a head injury includes:
- Cooling therapy to relieve pain and swelling
Physicool provides protection, cooling and compression for the head. A Physicool bandage can be applied to the head and the cooling effect recharged by spraying Physicool Coolant directly onto the bandage whilst it is in position.
Physicool is a unique cotton bandage impregnated with a patented liquid which draws heat away from the affected tissues by rapid evaporation. While the deep tissues are being cooled, the simultaneous compression effects of Physicool modify the inflammatory response to soft tissue damage which helps promote healing