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Falling Down Stairs Injuries
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
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
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
?: 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
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
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
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
Question: That is great. Do you have a question? ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Hi I am just curious how do you know If you broke your pelvis and is it possible to break it by falling down stairs on accident.?
YES: Definitely. I suggest ER or UC evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more
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
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
Xray: Probably need an xray, but heat, light stretching and anti-inflammatories arte a start. ...Read more
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
I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain?
I sprained my ankle falling down the stairs 5 months ago and now it hurts every now and then. Is this normal?
Not sure of the: Question but if you feel pain you should have it checked out. ...Read more
Why am I still in agony with my leg, after falling down the stairs 2 weeks ago nearly, no brake apparently according to xray?
Since falling down some stairs yesterday my back is hurting I have some vicodin and flexaril at home can I take this to help with the pain.
Yes, but you should:
See your pcp for an appropriate evaluation and be treated better.
Good luck! ...Read more
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
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.
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
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