Injury Care Basics
Managing pain is one of the first things that needs to be done when someone is injured after any life-threatening issues have been resolved. Pain management is often immediately needed at the time of injury, but it may also be important long term. For some patients, injuries may cause pain for many years or even the rest of their lives.
There are many different approaches to pain management. One of these is medication. Pain medications are often very useful but some can have harmful side effects as well as the risk of addiction. Other approaches to pain management may be alternative treatments like acupuncture. Some patients may also try chiropractic treatments to help eliminate or decrease pain.
Ketamine is a drug that can help take care of pain that is caused by an injury. It was first used as an anesthetic for patients undergoing a surgical procedure, but doctors have realized that it can also help with pain relief. In fact, it was used for soldiers during the Vietnam War. Ketamine works with a specific receptor in the nervous system that helps to regulate pain.
Ketamine has also been found to help with mood disorders like depression and anxiety. It does this by improving the connections between neurons in the brain. It also causes a reaction that produces new receptors and synapses, which can be deficient in people who suffer from depression and other mood disorders. Mood disorders can be a problem for people who suffer from pain because depression and anxiety can be made worse when someone is in pain all the time.
PRP is another way that injuries can be treated. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, a substance that is naturally created by the body. This substance helps renew and rejuvenate cells so the body can heal itself. When platelet-rich plasma is introduced into the body, it stimulates new growth in the skin, tissues, and other parts of the body. This can provide a means for the body to treat its own injuries.
Platelet-rich plasma is usually taken from the patient’s own blood. The blood is drawn from an area of the body that is not injured. Then the blood is put into a centrifuge where it is spun at a high rate of speed. This process separates the red blood cells from the healing platelet-rich plasma. The plasma can then be injected back into the area of the body that has been injured.
Head injuries can occur when someone falls and hits the ground or other hard surfaces with their head, or when something else, like a ball, hits the person in the head. Head injuries can be minor, but they can also be very serious. Sometimes head injuries can also involve the brain, which can be extremely problematic. Other head injuries may be concussions, which require their own specific type of treatment.
If someone gets hit on the head, it is important to keep them still until emergency medical professionals can arrive and evaluate the situation. You should not remove a helmet that the injured person is wearing, and you should not attempt to move the person unless there is obvious danger like being in the middle of the road. You should also attempt to stop any bleeding.
Surgery is sometimes indicated for certain types of injuries. This happens when a doctor determines that the only way to treat the injury is to go inside the body to move or manipulate body parts like bones and tissue. All kinds of injuries may lead to surgical intervention, and medical professionals will be able to tell you if that is the case for your injury.
Causes of Injuries
Car accidents are a common cause of injuries, and injuries can occur even when the damage to the cars is minor. Car accidents can injure every part of the body and can involve broken bones.
Injuries also may occur at work. This can happen to employees who have jobs that require physical labor, like those who load equipment or contractors. It can also happen to employees with desk jobs. One common workplace injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be the result of years of typing.
Many people who participate in sports experience injuries. This is because sports require a lot of effort from the body. Activities like jumping and reaching can lead to the body turning in unnatural ways or in parts of the body being torn or broken.
Slip and Fall
If you fall down and injure yourself, this is called a slip and fall accident. This can also involve any area of the body.
Injuries Can Occur Anywhere
Injuries can occur in almost any situation and often happen when you are not expecting them. You can be in a car accident or slip and fall without prior warning. Proper treatment of injuries and the pain that comes with them is an important part of taking care of the problem and getting you on the road to recovery. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.