With summer in full swing and vacations back on track for many Americans, we are likely to see a surge in travelers and outdoor activities. If you enjoy hiking, cycling, trail walks or team sports, you are no doubt ready to get back into your favorite sports. Be mindful of the risks for injury, especially if you haven’t participated in exercise in some time.
A tumble on the playing field, a wrong step on the tennis court, or a meeting with a hidden tree root might lead to a serious hurt if you’re not careful. Sometimes, too, mild bone fractures happen and we don’t realize it. Should you experience an accident or injury during play, watch for these signs to help you determine if professional care is needed.
Check for bleeding: Look for outward signs of injury and add pressure to your wound to stifle the flow of blood. If your injury is deep enough to expose bone, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible.
Check for shock: Do you feel clammy? Has your heartbeat increased? Are you sweating more than usual? You could be in shock. To treat this condition, you’ll need to lie back and elevate your feet if possible — depending on where you are injured. Watch your breathing and seek help.
Keep still: If you have fractured a bone, you do not want to exacerbate your wound. You want to keep as still as possible before professional help arrives to take you to the hospital if the extent of your wound calls for it.
Ice down the injury: Ice or a cold pack on the injured area will help reduce swelling and pain. It also helps slow down blood flow to the affected area, which is helpful if your wound is open.
Bone fractures are serious business. If ignored or improperly treated, you could endure severe pain or other health-related problems. The experts at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are here to help with fracture care and joint pain care, and physical therapy. Contact us today to learn more about our minimally invasive treatments.