Injuries and Emergencies

Medical Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Some symptoms may indicate the possibility of a serious condition and should be evaluated immediately by a health care provider.

Preventing Injuries--How You Can Help Your Child

You can help your child by being prepared and preventing injuries from occurring. It is important to take charge of your child's health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe.

Protecting Your Child from Sports Injuries

Most children depend on recreational and school sports for exercise and fun. But too many young athletes suffer needless injuries.

Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers

Stingers occur when the shoulder and head go in opposite directions, the head is moved quickly to one side, or the area above the collarbone is hit.

Scars

Detailed information on the different types of scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and adhesions

Self-Treat or See a Health Care Provider?

When you’re sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds of dollars a year.

Spice Up Your Workouts with a Little Variety

Spinal Cord Injury

A traumatic injury to the spine can cause a bruise, a partial tear, or a complete tear in the spinal cord. The most common sites of injury are the cervical and thoracic areas.

Sprained Ankles Need Attention

When you sprain an ankle, one or more ligaments on the outside of your ankle become stretched or torn.

Sprains, Strains, Breaks: What’s the Difference?

If you've sprained your ankle, you know what pain is. But maybe that "sprain" was a "strain" or possibly even a "break." The amount of pain in each case can be virtually equal.

Sunburn

Detailed information sunburn, including symptoms and treatment

Syncope: A Serious Look at Fainting

Fainting is a loss of consciousness, falling down or needing to lie down, followed by spontaneous recovery. Fainting by itself is not a problem, but it could be a sign of a serious health condition.

Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes

Cuts and scrapes are everyday occurrences, and most can be safely treated at home. Knowing how to clean and care for a cut yourself and when to seek a doctor’s care can help reduce infection and speed healing.

Taking Care of Head Injuries

The most common causes of head injuries are auto and motorcycle accidents, falls and violent assaults.

The Best Ways to Treat, Prevent Tendonitis

Tendonitis is your body's way of telling you, "Enough! You're putting too much stress on this muscle and joint."

Treating a Minor Sports Injury

Whether it's a twisted ankle, a shin splint or a strained muscle, when should you see a doctor for a sports injury?

Treating Minor Childhood Injuries

Scrapes and sprains are a fact of life for most children, so it’s good to know what to do when they come home with a minor injury.

Watch That Backpack Load

Most children rely on backpacks to carry books and supplies to and from school and activities. But a backpack that’s too heavy or doesn’t fit right can cause harm.

What to Do About a Pain in the Neck

Most neck pain is caused by sleeping on a bed that’s too soft, poor posture, stress, neck strains or degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed or a disc pushes outward from its normal position.

What to Do if You Get Something in Your Eye

Fight the impulse to rub furiously until the dust or dirt is gone. You might scratch your cornea or otherwise damage your eye.

What You Can Do About Dog Bites

Dogs are responsible for 85 to 90 percent of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.

What You Must Know About Suicide

In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.

When to Call the Doctor for Childhood Illnesses

Many childhood illnesses are mild enough to be treated at home. But what about when the symptoms are more severe?

Where to Get Medical Care

Many forms of emergency treatment take place outside the emergency room, and even many surgeries are performed in locations other than a hospital operating room.

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