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Doctor insights on: What To Watch For After Falling Down A Flight Of Stairs And Injurying Ankle

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Can i sprain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs?

Can i sprain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs?

Yes: The bigger question is did you fall down the stairs or ar you asking to find out if you can? You can sprain or break the ankle or do much worse. If you did fall, then get treatment by seeing an orthopaedic doctor or podiatrist. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for removing a tarlov cyst from the lumbar area? Should restrict walking up and down stairs n walking for exercise for long?

What is the recovery time for removing a tarlov cyst from the lumbar area? Should restrict walking up and down stairs n walking for exercise for long?

Quick recovery: Tarlov cysts are "oh by the way" findings of near zero pathological consequence. Makes no sense that someone offered treatment (surgery) for this - purely cottonoid/ patty approach. Need to discuss. ...Read more

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Can I srain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs and hitting it with my clarinet case ?

Can I srain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs and hitting it with my clarinet case
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Oh yes!: You could have sustained a number of injuries by falling down a flight of stairs, ranging from an ankle sprain to a broken bone or head injury. This probably happened so fast, you may not have realized immediately what you injured. I hope your clarinet didn't get hurt. Unlike it does for an ankle sprain--Ice, an ace wrap and a few days off of its feet--wouldn't have made it better. ...Read more

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What can I do for a back injury from falling down the stairs?

What can I do for a back injury from falling down the stairs?

DEPEND: My first recommendation is for you to see your primary care physician to determine the exact nature of your injury. While awaiting an appointment, i would recommend that you soak in warm water for 20 minutes twice per day and or apply ice to the painful area. Performance of light stretching exercises combined with otc nsaids may also be beneficial. ...Read more

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What internal injuries should a doctor check for when i fall down the stairs?

What internal injuries should a doctor check for when i fall down the stairs?

Many possible: If a severe fall, many injuries can be looked for including but not just limited to internal injuries, broken bones, chipped teeth, lacerations, contusions, abrasions, head injuries, etc. ...Read more

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What is the best food to eat when healing from a traumatic injury? I fell off my bike onto pavement at high speeds and want to heal fast. Thanks.

What is the best food to eat when healing from a traumatic injury? I fell off my bike onto pavement at high speeds and want to heal fast. Thanks.

Eat real food: The best nutrition for overall health will help you recover from injuries too. Look into paleo or primal diets - basically limit your carbohydrate intake (no more than 50-100 grams per day) eat plenty of healthy fats (about 50% of your calorie intake) and most importantly don't eat processed foods. Organic matters and is worth the extra money. ...Read more

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Fell down a flight of stairs over 5 months ago and a rather large bruise on my shin will not go away, and is still hurts to apply pressure to why?

Fell down a flight of stairs over 5 months ago and a rather large bruise on my shin will not go away, and is still hurts to apply pressure to why?

Periosteitis: The shin is unusual in that it is a bone which is extremely close to the overlying skin, not padded by muscle or fat. Direct injury to the shin may produce inflammation of the outer lining of the bone called the periosteum. Less frequently, this could represent a stress fracture or hematoma. Rarely, an underlying tumor may be brought to light by a trivial injury in the same area ...Read more

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Even if i run for a minute or two, the lower portion of my leg (from ankle to the knee) starts paining severely. The pain persists for several weeks.

Even if i run for a minute or two, the lower portion of my leg (from ankle to the knee) starts paining severely. The pain persists for several weeks.

Shin Splints!: Sounds like you may be having shin splints. Here are some helpful things you can do: rest your body. Ice your shin to ease pain and swelling. Anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs will help with pain and swelling. Arch supports for your shoes. Range-of-motion exercises. Neoprene sleeve to support and warm your leg. Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in shin. ...Read more

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Can jumping off moving equipment 5 to 15 mph on to uneven ground for 35 years up to 150 times a day cause back and knee injury? The injury's has caused total disability to lower spine and knees!

Can jumping off moving equipment 5 to 15 mph on to uneven ground  for 35 years up to 150 times a day cause back and knee injury? The injury's has caused total disability to lower spine and knees!

This : This is a loaded question. There are many things that happen with age regardless of what activities you do. There are other things that happen as a result of trauma, but usually from a specific injury. While people discuss "cumulative trauma" there is no solid scientific evidence to establish that is causes arthritis. One of the questions is: what else might you have been doing if you weren't doing your job? If you were skiing, snowboarding, running, playing soccer, etc., you may have developed the same problems. The theoretical "8-hour" work day means that less than 1/3 or our time is actually spent at work (assuming 2 days off per week). Many of the things we do in our off-work time also contribute to arthritis and back pain. Have you been assessed for conditions like ankylosing spondylitis or other inflammatory arthropathies? Some of those can be improved with medications. If you've been doing your job for over 35 years, then you are also at an age when some arthritis was likely to happen anyway. Be mindful about opening a worker's compensation claim. There are some advantages, but also disadvantages. Have a frank conversation with your treating physician about the nature of your back and knee problems, any injuries you may have had, and the possible relationship to your job before deciding which way to go. Two things that can help both problems are losing weight (unless you're already very thin) and avoiding smoking. You'd be surprised how much they contribute to pain. ...Read more

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Left leg thigh twitches a lot after riding in a car for many hours on a road trip, is this normal? How to stop?

Left leg thigh twitches a lot after riding in a car for many hours on a road trip, is this normal? How to stop?

What's LONG TIME?: Well, if we want to approach this from a bit of a simplistic, cost effective, and IMMEDIATE gratification perspective then, if I were you...I'd try and get out of the car a bit more often. Try that and let me know: Write to me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi if you have more questions. ...Read more

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Pains in the outside of my knee. No previous injury. Sends shootingpains down leg. Would like to fix it ASAP, needed for sports activities?

Pains in the outside of my knee. No previous injury. Sends shootingpains down leg. Would like to fix it ASAP, needed for sports activities?

Leg pain: The best way to fix your leg pain is to see your doctor ASAP. A sports medicine specialist would be good but please get to a doc so it doesn't get worse. Health and safety before activities can make for a better future. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the best leg and foot stretches/exercises before heading on a plane for a very long flight?

What are the best leg and foot stretches/exercises before heading on a plane for a very long flight?

More important: To do the excercises while on the plane not before. Anything is good, walking up and down on tippy toes, extending and flexing the foot while sitting.....The key is to do them on the plane not before. ...Read more

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15 post-stroke, still relearning to walk. What type of scan is best to see what's going on in my thigh and hip? Feel bundled up sometimes.

15 post-stroke, still relearning to walk. What type of scan is best to see what's going on in my thigh and hip? Feel bundled up sometimes.

Nothing to see there: If you are rehabilitating from a stroke and having trouble walking then, there's really nothing to see in your thigh and hip. I will bet next month's mortgage on the statement, "They are BORINGLY fine." The problem occurred in the brain. You've probably had either the CT or MRI of the brain and that's what is really needed to assess the damage. Good luck with the rehab. ...Read more

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Can walking down the stairs, missing a couple of stairs at the bottom on the way down, and landing awkwardly on the foot cause a DVT?

Can walking down the stairs, missing a couple of stairs at the bottom on the way down, and landing awkwardly on the foot cause a DVT?

Not likely but : possible,as with any significant injury of the lower extremity.Keep moving and observe for swelling/pain in calf/thigh.An exam may be in order. ...Read more

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When falling from a height of 15 feet, what part of the body should you fall on to minimize injury?

When falling from a height of 15 feet, what part of the body should you fall on to minimize injury?

Falling: First do not fall from 15 feet, you are going to get seriously injured. There is no good landing? The best part of your body to land on is a 10 foot thick air mattress. If not available then you should try to land on the ball of your feet with knees slightly bent and roll forward. Trying to protect your spine and head. ...Read more

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After standing for several hours then sitting down for a while the bottom of my left heel tightens up and its really painful to walk what causes this?

After standing for several hours then sitting down for a while the bottom of my left heel tightens up and its really painful to walk what causes this?

Plantar fasciitis.: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis: an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that helps hold up the arch of your foot. It attaches to your heel bone, and is usually the most painful for the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting a long time and then standing quickly. Stretching, icing, anti inflammatory medications, and supportive shoes with inserts should help. ...Read more

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