7 Reasons Your Injury Is Not Getting Any Better
1) You are not young enough to have sustained your injury yet.
2) You are not old enough to have suffered a major setback due to your injury yet.
(Hip fracture, broken bone, torn ligaments etc.)
3) You aren’t too old to be in pain at all right now because it hasn’t been too bad yet.
(Age 50 or older is usually considered “old” when it comes to pain tolerance)
4) You don’t have any other significant medical conditions that would make your recovery slower than usual.
(A recent surgery, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure etc.)
5) You are not too young to go out and do things with friends and family right now.
(Most people get over their injuries after a few months anyway! And if they haven’t, then they probably just need to rest!)
6) You are not too old to be able to work right now.
(If you’re still working, then you’ve got a good excuse!)
7) If you were injured before, then your body isn’t used to dealing with the stress of being limped around by a cast or brace.
(You might feel some discomfort but it will soon subside and eventually go away. Just be glad you didn’t break a bone or tear a muscle!)
When should you call a doctor about your injury?
If you have any significant medical condition that would slow down the healing process. (Any ongoing cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart condition etc.)
Your injury has been bothering you for longer than 2 months. (Most people suffer minor aches and pains after an injury for up to 3 months. Beyond that you should consult a medical professional to make sure everything is ok)
Your injury has not improved at all after 4 weeks. (Most of the time, if you rest and take pain medication it will start to feel better. Even broken bones will start to show signs of improvement after about 4 weeks)
You have a history of blood clotting or your leg feels very heavy and swollen.
You have a hard time feeling and moving your toes and foot.
You have a hard time feeling and moving your ankle and/or foot.
You have numbness, tingling, or coldness in your leg.
You have a hard time standing up straight or walking more than a block.
The above is not a comprehensive list of symptoms and you should seek medical attention immediately if…
You think something is seriously wrong with your leg. (And you should always trust your instincts on this one!)
What to do if you think you re broken and need medical attention right away…
Don’t move the injured area AT ALL.
Keep as still as possible while you wait for help. (No hopping around or moving)
Call Emergency Services (911 in most places in North America) and tell them what happened and your age. (This will help them determine the seriousness of your injury and how fast they will need to send an ambulance to help you).
Try not cry or panic because this can slow down your blood flow which can lead to more complications. (And besides, they will think you’re a big baby if you are crying!)
What should you do if someone else is injured?
Don’t move the injured person unless their spine or neck is injured and they need to be moved. (Remember, most other bone and muscle injuries can be made worse by moving the victim)
If they are unconscious, check if they are breathing by feeling their chest and lifting up an edge of their shirt. (Or in the case of a child lifting the bottom of their shirt) If you feel faint breath on your hand then it is safe to assume that they are still breathing. However, if you do not feel any breath on your hand then you will need to begin CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and dial 911 immediately.
(If you are unsure on how to do this, just ask someone at your local hospital or fire department for assistance).
If they are conscious, have them sit still and elevate their legs above the level of their heart if possible.
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