What Acute Injury Treatments Can I Use?
Exercises are a great way of building strength, but they can also cause injuries that can either be acute or chronic.
Acute pain refers to a sharp pain that results from a traumatic event such as an injury or illness and is characterized by sudden pain that lasts for a short period. Though physical activity is a common cause of acute injury, automobile accidents can also be a cause.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, develops slowly and persists long term or it recurs constantly.
Common acute injuries that you can experience include;
- Broken or cracked bones
- Sprains and strains
- Back pain
- Shin splints
- Torn, ripped, or damaged tendons
Symptoms of Acute Injury
The difference between acute and chronic injuries lies in the symptoms.
Acute injury symptoms occur within two weeks after an injury and they include;
- Sudden severe pain
- Extreme tenderness in the affected areas
- Inability to use your limbs
- Visible bone dislocation
- Extreme limb weakness
Chronic injury symptoms include recurrent pain, aches, and swelling.
Acute Injury Treatment
The treatment option for acute injury depends on the cause, the body part affected and the severity. At Innovative Urgent Care Family Clinic in Bandera, Texas we use a variety of treatment options to get rid of the pain.
After an injury, the most recommended treatment is R.I.C.E an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
As soon as you get hurt, stop all activities and rest as much as you can, probably for the first 48 hours. Don’t try to work out as certain activities can exacerbate the injury and delay recovery.
Our doctor advises you to rest the injured area for 24 to 48 hours, after which you can engage in simple exercise to prevent muscle weakness.
Ice treatment is ideal for the first 48 hours especially if you have swelling. Ice reduces bleeding, minimizes swelling, reduces muscle pain and spasm.
Ice treatment can also be used for a chronic condition, however, don’t use the ice pack on your left shoulder if you have a heart condition.
Apply the ice packs for 20 minutes per session. Leaving them on for more than 60m minutes can lead to skin burns. Also, don’t use ice if you have Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or in areas with a chronic wound.
Compression involves wrapping the affected area with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling. Don.t combines compression with elevation.
Elevate your limbs above the heart level to reduce pain, swelling, and throbbing. Using a wedge pillow is recommended rather than stacking up pillows.
- Soft tissue therapy
We also employ soft tissue therapy to treat strains, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, golf and tennis elbow among others. The treatment seeks to alleviate musculoskeletal pain as well as improve the body’s strength, flexibility, and wellness.
Immobilization works to hold a joint and bone in place to facilitate healing. Furthermore, it reduces swelling, pain and muscle spasm. We use slings, casts, and splints to keep the joint in place.
Though immobilization helps to promote proper joint healing, we don’t recommend prolonged joint immobilization as it can lead to motion loss and muscle atrophy.
- Pain killers and Corticosteroid injections
The doctor may prescribe pain relievers such as paracetamol to relieve pain. Non-Steroidal Inflammatory Drugs and ibuprofen also ease pain and swelling.
A corticosteroid injection can also be recommended if you have severe inflammation. It can also help with pain relief, though with minimal effect.
Corticosteroid injection should, however, be used only two or three times a year, and its side effects include skin thinning.
When to Visit the Emergency Room
Any of these above-mentioned treatments can get rid of your pain, however, if you notice any of these symptoms, visit our emergency room for assistance;
- Severe pain
- Instability of the joint
- Trouble breathing
- Visible deformities
How We Can Help
Don’t wait or queue in crowded and expensive emergency rooms for minor injuries, come to Innovative Urgent Care for Family clinic for fast, efficient and friendly care.
We will use a variety of treatments depending on the severity of the injury such as rehabilitative exercises, immobilization, suturing, medication, and IV fluid treatments.