As the saying goes, doctors can be the worst patients. That being said none of us like the idea of having to take time away from our daily lives because of an injury or illness. Whether it’s a simple sprain that keeps us from participating in a summer recreation league or a much more serious injury that involves surgery, staying down is not fun. However, thanks to advances in medical technology and understanding, there are products available that can actually help speed up the healing process. Some are available over the counter, while others will have to be prescribed by doctors and applied by trained medical staff.
The range of mild injuries that one may suffer is quite extensive. They can be as simple as a paper cut to a deeper cut that requires attention, but not stiches. Products to treat both of these as well as many other ailments are available over the counter.
Cuts and scrapes to your face or any other part of your body are not fun as they can sting and when not treated properly, may lead to a more dangerous situation. In order to promote quicker healing it is important to keep the cut or scrape moist and clean. It is also important to keep it covered and away from irritants to lower the risk of infection.
Sprains, strains and other joint pains can be quite uncomfortable. However, they are easily treatable. When dealing with a sprain or strain it is important to keep the Rest Ice Compression Elevation method in mind to promote healing. Each piece of that method will work in its own way to heal and protect your injury.
Moderate injuries are injuries that require more acute medical attention, but may not require surgical intervention. With both mild and moderate injuries it is important to monitor the area for any sign that something isn’t right. If these appear, contact your physician or go to the emergency room right away for more advanced care.
Injuring your back could be a moderate injury depending on the type and severity of the injury.
Breaking your leg could be a moderate, bordering on severe injury. It depends on the type and location of the break. There are many first aid methods one can use to stabilize a known or possible break, prior to seeking medical attention. These methods as well as other first aid information are good to know, especially if your summer plans have you being outdoors.
Severe injuries require prompt medical attention and should not be something you take a ‘wait and see’ approach too. These injuries could quickly turn much worse if not treated in prompt manner.
Burn injuries fall in this category. Yes, you can treat someone who has been splashed by a hot liquid at home, however more serious situations will require medical attention.
Patients in this category who do need surgery are likely to have various products applied to their wound and the surrounding skin. Some will be for protection while others like dermabond serve to promote healing.
Healing faster so that you can return to life sooner! Prior to returning to any of your daily activities though, make sure you are medically cleared to do so.
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James Cash is a Medical expert and part time writer.