While it is true that a medical doctor will not be able to treat an injury at home, there are many things you can do to help yourself recover and to avoid further injury. A doctor will often recommend that you follow a specific treatment plan.
A doctor will tell you exactly what you should do and how to do it. They will give you advice on how to prepare, how to protect yourself against further injury, and how to help yourself get better as quickly as possible.
What happens if you do not follow the doctor’s instructions?
There are many things you can do to help yourself avoid injury. You can:
- Take care of your health.
- Protect yourself against further injury.
- Follow the doctor’s instructions.
- Stay out of the water, if you are in one.
- If you are in a pool, get into a pool that has deeper water. You should be able to stand up in the deeper water.
- Wear a helmet or other protective gear.
- Wear a life jacket.
- Get into a vehicle that has seatbelts.
- Avoid walking on sidewalks or curbs.
- Don’t get hit by a car or other vehicle.
- Don’t climb up a ladder or other structure.
- Don’t play sports or engage in other activities that require you to be on your feet.
- Don’t drive a car if you have had a heart attack or other serious heart condition before.
Even if you follow the doctor’s instructions, you can still get hurt. Always talk with your doctor before doing any new activities.
When can you go home?
You can go home when your doctor says you can. If the doctor says you cannot go home right away because you still have pain, swelling, or other complications, you may need to stay in the hospital for a time.
What can you do to help yourself get better?
In addition to following your doctor’s instructions, there are other things you can do to help yourself recover.
- Keep moving.
- Keep your head elevated.
- Keep the area clean and dry.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Use ice or a cold pack to reduce pain and swelling.
- Apply a cold pack or ice to the injured area over several hours. You may need to do this several times each day.
- Take pain medicine as prescribed.
- Wear a compression garment or brace.
- Get a ride home if you are in a car accident.
- Avoid lifting anything that is heavier than 10 pounds.
- Avoid any activities that put you at risk of injury.
When can you go back to work?
If you have had an injury, you may need to limit your work to prevent further injury. If the injury was serious, you may need to give up your job until you are healed.
You can tell if you may be able to return to work. Talk with your doctor. Ask how and when you can return to work.
If you need to have surgery to repair your sprain, you may need to limit your work for at least a week after the surgery.
What can you do to prevent another injury?
If you get injured, try to stay out of the water and off of the ground as much as possible. This includes swimming pools and lakes. If you are on a boat or in a car, wear a life jacket.
Always wear a helmet when you are playing sports or engaging in other activities that require you to be on your feet.
If you have a heart condition, talk with your doctor about whether you should avoid certain activities. This might include:
- Using a ladder
- Climbing stairs
- Being around machinery
- Playing sports
What tips do I have for swimming or participating in other water sports?
If you are going to swim or participate in any other water sports, follow the tips outlined below.
- Always wear a helmet.
- If you have had a heart attack or other heart condition, talk with your doctor before engaging in any new activities.
What precautions should I take if I have fallen?
If you have fallen, follow these precautions to help prevent more injuries.
- Try to get up slowly.
- If you fall, get up slowly and slowly. If you can, get up on your knees.
- Keep the area around your ankle or hip protected. This can help prevent further injuries.
- Don’t put pressure on any part of the ankle or hip.
- If you feel pain, numbness, swelling, or other discomfort, call your doctor.
- If you are having trouble breathing, call 911 or the emergency number of your local emergency number.
- Don’t put anything in the affected area.
- If you are in a car accident and the airbags have deployed, get out of the car as soon as possible.
- Don’t drive if you are not sure you can get out of the car.
- Don’t climb up any ladder or other structure.
When should I call my doctor?
- You feel pain, numbness, or swelling.
- You have trouble breathing.
- You have trouble urinating or making a bowel movement.
- You have a cut, scrape, or other injury.
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have any new symptoms or symptoms that are getting worse.
- Have numbness or loss of feeling in your legs, feet, or arms.
- Have trouble opening your eyes.
- Have difficulty walking.
Key points about shin splints
- A shin splint is a muscle strain that happens when the muscles in the front of the lower leg and shin suddenly lengthen.
- Shin splints can occur for many reasons including overuse.
- Shin splints can cause pain, swelling, numbness, and discomfort.
- If you get shin splints, don’t lift anything more than 10 pounds, or any weight at all. Don’t engage in sports or other activities that put you at risk of injury.
- If you do have shin splints, follow your doctor’s instructions to get better as quickly as possible.
What is the outlook?
Getting injured is not fun. However, it is possible to get better. If you follow your doctor’s instructions and keep moving, you will usually recover very quickly.
Talk with your doctor about your injury. They can give you advice and help you recover as quickly as possible.
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