Everything You Need To Know About Treating Minor Injuries

A foot wrapped in bandagesIt happens to the best of us, you know. We are working or playing to the best of our abilities and then, wham! Before we know it, we have sustained some form of minor injuries and have to take time to have it treated. The good news is, with a few exceptions, most of them can be treated with some basic first aid.

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Minor Injuries Defined

Most of us will experience one of the five categories of personal injuries that are often referred to as a minor injury. Most of them are quite simple to deal with, but if there is ever any doubt about it, be sure to get medical assistance as soon as you can. The five main categories include bruising, sprains, muscle strains, cuts and burns.

Bruising

A bruise will happen when the soft tissues inside your body, like muscles, tendons, or ligaments, take a hit powerful enough to injure the capillaries underneath the skin. Capillaries are tiny blood vessels that help carry blood to the soft tissues to keep them healthy and vibrant. In spite of their size, they are quite tough and a sharp blow from the outside of the body can cause them to develop leaks, and it is that leak that helps to form the bruise.

When the bruise occurs, put ice on it for about 10 to 20 minutes, and then elevate the injured area, if possible. Never put ice directly on the skin, and if you have pain, take some acetaminophen or ibuprofen, never aspirin. The ingredients used to create aspirin will thin the blood and might prevent the leaking capillaries from healing.

If there is swelling and that swelling is around a joint or is preventing movement, then please go see our doctor for treatment, because you never can tell what is going on below the surface of the skin.

Strains and Sprains

Muscle strains can be some of the most difficult personal injuries to deal with. They are caused when muscles or tendons are overstretched or pulled beyond their limitations during an activity. This is why it is so important to warm up your muscles before physical activity, because they will be more pliant and flexible and will not be injured so easily. The majority of muscle strains are a simple tear within the fibers of the muscle or tendon, but some can be more serious, sometimes detaching the muscle completely, which would then require surgery to repair.

Sprains, like a sprained ankle or knee, are just like muscle strains, resulting in an overstretching or tearing of muscles and ligaments. The major difference lies in where they are located. Muscle sprains are far more likely to occur because the connecting soft tissues that surround the joints in the body are under more stress than any other part of the body.

If you ever feel pain during movement, ever, the first thing you should do is stop what you are doing, and rest. Apply ice, elevate the hurt area, if possible, and just rest. Do not try and tough it out, because you risk injuring the soft tissues even more. If there is swelling, especially around the joints, apply a compression bandage to reduce its growth. When possible, seek medical attention, including X-rays, to exclude the possibility of hidden damage.

Cuts and Burns

Scrapes and cuts should be flushed out with water immediately, to remove drying blood and debris from the wound so you can see it more clearly. If the blood is clotting or slowing, and the wound is clear, press the edges of the wound together and bandage, along with antibacterial ointment. If the blood is still flowing freely, compress and get medical attention.