High-Energy Head Injuries

High-energy injury

High-energy injuries to the head occur when the head hits against another object with force or pressure. This type of injury puts a person at increased risk for a brain injury, even when there is no visible external bleeding or other obvious sign of injury.

High-energy injuries to the head can occur in a variety of ways, including:

    • Falls in which the head strikes an object with force.
    • Car crashes in which the head strikes and cracks or breaks the windshield or dents the inside of the vehicle.
    • Sports injuries, such as striking the head after falling from a fast-moving bicycle.
    • Direct blows to the head with a hard object, such as a fist or a baseball bat swung with force.

Injuries to the neck or face are more likely to occur with a high-energy head injury.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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