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What are possible back injuries from falling down stairs?

What are possible back injuries from falling down stairs?

Many: Trauma such as a tumble down stairs can fracture the spine, inflame the joints or rupture a disc. Symptoms may be localized back pain or radiculopathy leg or arm pain, you should have this checked out by your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...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 kind of hip injuries happen from falling down stairs?

What kind of hip injuries happen from falling down stairs?

Depends: Depends on the severity of the fall and age and health of the patient. Older patients more likely to suffer hip fractures. Younger patients less likely to break their hips. Other injuries are soft tissue or injuries to where the muscle attaches to the hip. ...Read more

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What kind of hip injuries are common from falling down stairs?

What kind of hip injuries are common from falling down stairs?

Depends: Depends on the height of the fall, the age/health of the patient, and body part that you land on. Head injuries and ankle/knee injuries common in younger patients. Hip fractures and wrist fractures common in older patients. ...Read more

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Hip injuries from falling down the stairs. Are the very bad if you're over 65 years?

Hip injuries from falling down the stairs. Are the very bad if you're over 65 years?

Depends: Depends on the severity of the fall and health of the patient. Older patients more likely to suffer hip fractures. If the hip is not broken then usually there bruising or soft tissue injures about the hip and these injuries are not very bad compared to a fracture. ...Read more

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After falling down the stairs how do you know when you should go in?

After falling down the stairs how do you know when you should go in?

?: It depends if u were injured and what & how bad. If u were bumped & bruised with no major pain & all works well, u should b ok. If ssx r bad or ^ then I would c my pcp. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to protect my child from falling down the stairs?

Is there a good way to protect my child from falling down the stairs?

Yes: The first step is installing secure gates at the top and bottom of your stairs around 9 months of age once the baby starts crawling. Use gates that screw in to your woodwork, not the expandable gates that you often see, these are not secure! Teach all family members to close the gates as they go through them. Remember gates only work when you use them properly. ...Read more

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How long will it take for tailbone pain to go away after falling down stairs?

Months to years: Coccydina, aka tailbone pain can come from mild to severe trauma of the tip of the tailbone. Sitting on a notched pillow (not a donut shaped pillow) can help. A steroid injection into the coccyx can be very effective. Rarely surgery is required. Time to call your family doc. ...Read more

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I slipped coming down stairs last night my fall caused injury to right side of my back, kidney area. Pain has increased today pain is sharp anytime I move not while I am at rest should I go seek help

I slipped coming down stairs last night my fall caused injury to right side of my back, kidney area. Pain has increased today pain is sharp anytime I move not while I am at rest should I go seek help

Hello.: Hello. I would be concerned about musculoskeletal injuries as well as possibility of internal injury. Do you have any blood in your urine? In the face of increasing symptoms, it would be prudent to get physically evaluated. ...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?

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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I have a bad knee from a falling injury about 6 years ago. It only hurts when humidity high. Can I move into a home with stairs or is this unwise?

I have a bad knee from a falling injury about 6 years ago. It only hurts when humidity high. Can I move into a home with stairs or is this unwise?

Avoid stairs: If you have already having difficulties with your knee from the previous injury, stairs may pose a bigger and bigger challenge in coming years. Would recommend a single level home to avoid needing to go up and down stairs on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to go down the stairs with an ACL injury?

Patellar pain.: You may be experiencing patellar pain, kneecap pain. When the ACL is torn, the kneecap takes on more stress, particularly with stairs. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy for you. ...Read more

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Broke 5 ribs falling down stairs. A week later my testicals are swollen. Why?

Broke 5 ribs falling down stairs. A week later my testicals are swollen. Why?

Possibly 2 reasons--: 1): bleeding and swelling from the ribs gravitating towards the scrotum over a period of 5-7 days, which is probably the main reason;
2): or you might have hurt your groin/scrotum and because of ribs being more painful and
had your attention, the groin problem is showing itself now.
I believe the (1) is more likely the rause.
See you pcp, or maybe get a u/s for it to confirm no local problem. ...Read more

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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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How can I know if my spleen is ruptured after falling down stairs?

How can I know if my spleen is ruptured after falling down stairs?

Go to ER for CT scan: The most sensitive and specific test to diagnose injury to the spleen is a ct of the abdomen. Blunt trauma to the abdomen, like what can occur when falling down stairs, should be taken very seriously. This requires emergency room evaluation. ...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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Felt down the stairs 3dy ago n head hit the stairs. No injury and I feel fine after that. But now, I got headache n somtime double vision. Wtd?

Felt down the stairs 3dy ago n head hit the stairs. No injury and I feel fine after that. But now, I got headache n somtime double vision. Wtd?

See a doc asap: Any fall where you hit your head can be serious, even if the symptoms are not immediately felt. Sometimes the shock of the fall numbs us to the immediate injury. It is possible to have a concussion or even a life threatening bleed inside the skull days later. So hopefully you saw a doctor. Never feel embarassed to see a doc regarding a head injury. Better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Kids bump heads all the time falling. Mine just fell down just a couple of carpet stairs, alert and playing ok. What warning signs to look for?

Kids bump heads all the time falling. Mine just fell down just a couple of carpet stairs, alert and playing ok. What warning signs to look for?

Change in alertness.: You're right, kids bump their heads all the time. Look for things like change in alertness, vomiting, just not acting right. Sometimes it takes a parent's instinct to know when there child is more lethargic or disoriented. But it sounds like your child fell down from a low height (even if it was down a couple stairs) and is doing just fine. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease lower back pain after falling down stairs?

Xray: Probably need an xray, but heat, light stretching and anti-inflammatories arte a start. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do I do about my hip bruise after falling down the stairs?

I was wondering what do I do about my hip bruise after falling down the stairs?

Bruise: If you have significant pain and difficulty of walking/standing, you might need to be evaluated for hip fracture. If no fracture is found, you can take NSAIDs for pain and inflammation. Icing should help with swelling and stop bruising from getting worse. You should follow up with your doctor for any persistent pain, swelling, shortness of breath or any other new symptoms. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain?

I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain?

RICE: Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. Also oral anti inflammatory like Aleve (naproxen) with food. If symptoms persist or worsen after 48 hrs seek medical evaluation and X-ray to rule out a stress fracture ...Read more

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Why am I still in agony with my leg, after falling down the stairs 2 weeks ago nearly, no brake apparently according to xray?

Why am I still in agony with my leg, after falling down the stairs 2 weeks ago nearly, no brake apparently according to xray?

Non displaced or: Stress fracture can have a negative xray. When you see your ortho guy he will repeat the xray. Depending on the degree of pain and the physical exam he might add an MRI of the area or bone scan. ...Read more

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I had a bruise 2 months ago, caused by falling down the stairs. It was painful, and there was numbness and swelling. Now the numbness is still there.

I had a bruise 2 months ago, caused by falling down the stairs. It was painful, and there was numbness and swelling. Now the numbness is still there.

Recovery slow/never?: Once peripheral nerve fibers (cell bodies at/in spinal cord) are damaged/interrupted, they usually attempt to regrow, slowly, maximum rate typically about 1 mm/day. However, if tissue disruption has blocked original path, they may not/never regrow fully. Without the previous fibers & changed sensory signals to your spinal cord & brain, a sense of numbness may persist, sometimes permanently. ...Read more

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I have knee pain above knee, hurts esp walking up/down stairs or standing up. Feels like it needs to pop but won't. Pain is constant. No known injury.

I have knee pain above knee, hurts esp walking up/down stairs or standing up. Feels like it needs to pop but won't. Pain is constant. No known injury.

Patella pain: Typically pain in that region originates from poor function of the kneecaps. If this in fact is true, a series of treatments may be helpful to eliminating the symptoms... injections, therapy, braces and even surgery can play a role in treatment of this condition ...Read more

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Resident at RCFE falls down the stairs, looks traumatized, left shoulder, chest painful, has difficulty walking. But no one looked at him. Why?

Resident at RCFE falls down the stairs, looks traumatized, left shoulder, chest painful, has difficulty walking. But no one looked at him. Why?

No one knew?: Perhaps incident in Residential Care Facility for Elderly was not witnessed, and resident didn't report trauma/fall/injury to caregivers? Painful chest & traumatized left shoulder might not be as easy to observe in passing. One would hope that someone would have observed difficulty walking & inquired. It also depends upon frequency of interactions w/staff. And of course, staff experience & trainin ...Read more