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How to Handle Injuries Until You Can See a Doctor

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Any injury related to work, sports or old age can be very painful, it can actually be quite debilitating. It doesn’t matter how you hurt yourself, the time and treatment you need for healing is very often the same. However, the older we get, the more time is seemingly required for healing.




How to immediately take care of your injuries until you can see the doctor


It’s possible that you may experience some symptoms soon after you sustained an injury, and most of the time it involves the muscles. There will surely be an immediate pain in the injured area, but you can also experience bruising and swelling.


Initially, the pain can be quite sharp but may eventually become an ache that is just a mild throbbing. The area can also feel tender and sensitive when you touch it. Plus, it may be difficult to use your arm, leg, hand or limb that is injured.


You can use a treatment known as R.I.C.E. to immediately look after the injury, especially if you can’t see a doctor immediately.






This is the number one effective way to assist with healing your injury. The affected muscle can be vulnerable and weak, thus, it will easily cause further damage, especially immediately after the injury. It’s important to stop moving your injured limb to start the process of healing.




Apply ice to the injured area as it can benefit you greatly. Especially using it in the first two days after you sustained an injury. You can use either a bag filled with crushed ice, ice pack or even frozen veggies to place in the injured area. This can assist in preventing swelling while also relieving pain. It relieves pain by decreasing your flow of blood in that area.


However, in order to protect against frostbite, you should never apply ice on the bare skin directly. Rather use a towel or thin cloth to wrap the ice prior to using it. It should be applied between fifteen and twenty minutes at a time, and provide sufficient time for the skin to get back to its normal temperature before you use it again.




Wrap the injured area tightly with a bandage, preferably an elastic type one, to minimize swelling. This is done by preventing fluids from building up. It may also keep the pain at bay as your injured body part would be immobilized. The bandage shouldn’t be too tight though, it can cause numbness or a tingling feeling if it is. Furthermore, it could interfere with your flow of blood that may lead to discomfort.



The injured area needs to be elevated above your heart’s level. This is done to minimize or prevent swelling by raising your injury as it drains fluids. Don’t raise it much higher than the heart though, but closer to its level is good.


When the injury occurs in the hips or buttocks, like with a hip strain, or a pulled muscle in the lower back, you should try and lie down on a soft pillow wedged underneath the lower back and buttocks. Do not do this if it worsens the pain, contact your doctor immediately.


When would it be necessary to contact the doctor?


After an injury that you suspect might be severe, you should try and contact the doctor as soon as possible, even if you followed the above treatment.


Look at some symptoms that might indicate the severity of an injury:




Trouble to breathe,

When your joint is unstable,

If you can’t support your weight due to the area that is injured,

With a crunching or popping sound, especially if you try to move the part that is injured,

Any deformities that are visible, like strange angle bends in your limb or large lumps,

Severe pain and swelling,


It may also be necessary for a minor injury if it doesn’t get better over a period of time. Rather contact the doctor, especially if you feel unsure of the damage. There are a variety of pain treatment options as you can see for each pain injury. The treatment will depend on the severity of your injury and other factors such as age, health and more.

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