On site management of joint injuries-Dr Gaurav Gupta

On site management of joint injuries-Dr Gaurav Gupta

This Blog is about on-site management of joint injuries. Now joint injuries can occur in the sport and field, they can occur in case of accidents at home, in case of accidents in the office like someone tripping and falling. So people need to understand what exactly is to be done if a friend or a colleague or a teammate suddenly has a joint injury, for example, if he twists his knee or falls or twists the ankle and falls or on the shoulder being hit on the ground. so in this its very important to remember the simple Pneumonic called “ prices”.  Now, what is prices? In prices p stands for protect, r stands for rest,  I stand for ice and c stands for compression, e stands for elevation and s standards for support, so if somebody falls down you need to protect the injured part.  And how do you do that? You could put just a simple splint like somebody trips, falls and injuries the knee, so the first step to do is to protect the knee put some sort of sticks on both the sides whatever you can get and immobilize the knee so there is no further movement. next comes r for rest, so the rest in this situation means that the person should avoid standing or walking or putting weights on the knee. Third is the ice and you never really apply ice directly on the skin, you take it in a towel or polythene bag and apply it in the best way to do is to apply for about  15 minutes for every three hours. Then comes the compression one should always have the crape bandage handy in the offices in the homes as well as when you go out for playing for a game in a medical kit. So the moment you see someone with the twisted ankle, knee or an injured wrist or shoulder you do immediately apply a bit of crape bandage if you can make it reasonably tight not too tight around the injured part. The next is  E for elevation which Is you  elevate the injured part say for example when you sit on a sofa, or on  a chair, you put your foot on   a stool in front of you and that elevates your ankle injury or  your knee injury, in  shoulder injuries or elbow injuries or wrist  injuries to maintain  elevation as well as to  protect the  injuries you could put them in arm pouch or bag, lastly comes s for support . so you need a walking stick or crutches whenever you have a lower limb injury that supports the injury. once you are done with the basic of prices protect rest ice elevation and support next step is to see your doctor for this kind of internal joint injuries the best way is to see the orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint injuries and sports injuries..

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