Head Injury and Stroke Head Injuries:

The symptoms and findings for head injuries can be minor or profound. Simple closed head injuries may have symptoms that include a brief loss of consciousness, headache, vision changes and even vomiting. A severe head injury can cause a prolonged loss of consciousness, seizures and a variety of deficits including speech difficulty, a loss of hearing, a loss of the ability to move ones arms or legs, balance difficulties and many other symptoms.

Emergency medical care should be sought first. After the emergency is over, rehabilitation can begin. For that, Dr. Charles may be your first choice. His advanced training and expertise along with our advanced computerized equipment allow us to diagnose and treat these conditions, including many that previously may have been considered permanent. Include Dr. Charles in your recovery team!

Strokes:

According to the American Heart association there are just under 6 million strokes a year in the US

The American Stroke Association wants you to learn the warning signs of stroke:

• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

• Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Be prepared for an emergency.

• Keep a list of emergency rescue service numbers next to the telephone and in your pocket, wallet or purse.

• Find out which area hospitals are primary stroke centers that have 24-hour emergency stroke care.

• Know (in advance) which hospital or medical facility is nearest your home or office.

Take action in an emergency.

• Not all the warning signs occur in every stroke. Don’t ignore signs of stroke, even if they go away!

• Check the time. When did the first warning sign or symptom start? You’ll be asked this important question later.

• If you have one or more stroke symptoms that last more than a few minutes, don’t delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical service (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can quickly be sent for you.

• If you’re with someone who may be having stroke symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or the EMS. Expect the person to protest — denial is common. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Insist on taking prompt action.

Just so it’s clear, if you are having a stroke, it is a medical emergency. Follow the directions above and seek emergency medical care. After the emergency care has been provided, and you are released from medical care; rehabilitation can begin.

For that a chiropractic neurologist like Dr. Charles is right kind of expert to see. He has advanced training and equipment to diagnose your problem and he can help you with exercises and activities that may help you recover what you have lost. Include Dr. Charles in your recovery team!