Orthopaedic Injuries

Warning Signs & Symptoms

If you break, sprain or otherwise injure a bone, the symptoms may not always be clear. The area may be bruised or swollen, even if at first glance it is unclear whether there is a fracture. Patients can also experience numbing, tingling or even paralysis below the fracture. Sprains can occur in any joint, and even though the joint continues to function normally, there should be some swelling, pain and tenderness.

Prevention

To prevent injury to bones and joints: get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D, eliminate smoking and excess alcohol intake, exercise regularly, warm up properly, use proper lifting techniques, wear properly fitting shoes, always wear a seatbelt and get regular bone density tests if needed.

Rehabilitation

Depending on the type of injury, Patients may need to rest the injured area, ice it, wear a bandage or device to compress the area, and take appropriate medicines. Later treatment might include exercise and physical therapy.

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