Treatment for brain injury is individualized, depending on the extent of the condition and the presence of other injuries. If the patient has a severe head injury, he or she may require monitoring for increased intracranial pressure (pressure inside the skull). Head injury may cause the brain to swell. Since the brain is covered by the skull, there is only a small amount of room for it to swell. This causes pressure inside the skull to increase, which can lead to brain damage.
Serious brain injury requires highly specialized care, available through the Inova Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care Program. For concussion treatment, the Inova Concussion Program provides a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment. For all available services, call 703-776-4700 for more information.