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Got hit in the face with a volleyball. How do I reduce the swelling?

Got hit in the face with a volleyball. How do I reduce the swelling?

Natural healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. It will reduce quickly. ...Read more

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I get blood under toenail from hard hit playing hockey. What's the best way to heal quickly?

I get blood under toenail from hard hit playing hockey. What's the best way to heal quickly?

No need to treat: Unless you have significant tenderness no treatment is indicated. Expect a dark area to shed off in about a year. To relieve a painful drop of blood under the nail, the dr presses a red-hot paperclip over the spot to release the blood through a small hole. This is almost painless. ...Read more

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Got hit in mouth with basketball and i might have a concussion. How to tell?

Got hit in mouth with basketball and i might have a concussion. How to tell?

Not issue now: Concussion is an immediate diagnosis that has a specific onset, set of symptoms, and resolution. It must be diagnosed by direct observation and/or description of the event and careful examination immediately following the event. If there was alteration of consciousness and neurological signs immediately following the injury, then concussion probably occurred. It is now not an issue. ...Read more

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How long is a tailbone injury going to keep me out of playing football or soccer?

How long is a tailbone injury going to keep me out of playing football or soccer?

Depends: "tailbone" injuries can be very painful and for a very long time. Pain will probably dictate your return to your sports. Of course re-injury can occur but that is a risk you take. Work with your doctor, sports trainer and coach on when to return. You may need to see someone skilled in injuries in this area. Sometime it is necessary to remove a tail bone due to pain and to restore activity. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get hit in the head with a baseball bat?

What will happen if you get hit in the head with a baseball bat?

Depends: There are many unknowns here. How hefty was the swing? Were you wearing a cap or helmet" Was the hit on the forehead, the crown, back back or closer to the neck?The answer to these will shed light on whether you get a bump, a bruise, get knocked out, or suffer severe and sometimes lethal internal brain damage. ...Read more

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How hard would a person have to hit their head to cause blood clot or hematoma? I hit my head on a cabinet from standing up too fast. Will i be ok?

How hard would a person have to hit their head to cause blood clot or hematoma? I hit my head on a cabinet from standing up too fast. Will i be ok?

Possibly: But if you develop headache, any neurologic symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation, difficulty with vision or anything you cannot otherwise explain, go to an er and get seen. ...Read more

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I'm getting a pin in my pinky tomorrow (shattered in 3 pieces) how quickly will it heal and can I get back to football quickly?

I'm getting a pin in my pinky tomorrow (shattered in 3 pieces) how quickly will it heal and can I get back to football quickly?

Finger surgery: It may take several weeks for healing to be complete after surgery. You may be placed in a splint or other support. Avoid contact sports until your orthopedic doctor clears you for full contact. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a torn ligament or tendon to heal in the upper to middle of the back? Bad motorcycle accident on 8/17/2013. Hit by trooper!

How long does it take for a torn ligament or tendon to heal in the upper to middle of the back?  Bad motorcycle accident on 8/17/2013. Hit by trooper!

Months: It can take a long time to heal torn ligaments, especially in areas like the back that you really can't give full rest to. Think of football players that get turf-toe and it bothers them the entire season - it's very similar. I would highly recommend physical therapy if not doing it. Can help you with alternative ways to sit/move/lie to reduce stress on that area of back. ...Read more

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How to speed up recovery of a dislocated shoulder injured in august in a wrestling practice?

How to speed up recovery of a dislocated shoulder injured in august in a wrestling practice?

MRI: You have a reasonably high chance of having a rotator cuff tear or a labral tear following a glenohumeral (shoulder) dislocation. I would recommend you see a local orthopaedic surgeon and based on your exam you should have an MRI or an mr arthrogram to evaluate your injury. ...Read more

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With a knee injury, how would you safely get in and out of a bathtub?

With a knee injury, how would  you safely get in and out of a bathtub?

Using certain device: Ther are very specific devices that can safely assist to accomplish this: bars, handles, specially made tubs, etc. The most important lesson here (for any health and safety issue is: don't do it alone. No worthwhile human endeavor was ever discovered or accomplished by being an island. Our society has to begin valuing human capiital, cooperation, connectivity, coordination, caring over the $ god! ...Read more

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I smashed my middle finger in the car door. Should i go to the hospital to see if there's an injury?

I smashed my middle finger in the car door. Should i go to the hospital to see if there's an injury?

Extent of injury?: If you have severe pain, decreased range of motion, uncontrolled bleeding, or deformity those would be reasons to be evaluated. If you are doubt about having a fracture it would be best to be evaluated. If there is a break to the skin and you have not had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years - that should be repeated. ...Read more

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I'm a basketball player and i tore a muscle in my thigh. Is it possible to rush the healing process so i can get back to practice?

I'm a basketball player and i tore a muscle in my thigh. Is it possible to rush the healing process so i can get back to practice?

Muscle injury: You cannot "rush" mother nature in the healing process. Do what your athletic trainer or doctor if consulted tell you to do and you'll hopefully be back on the court again soon! ...Read more

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How do doctors normally treat a bone bruise in a child? Plus, can you get a bone bruise without falling and how? My daugther runs in cross-country .

How do doctors normally treat a bone bruise in a child?  Plus, can you get a bone bruise without falling and how? My daugther runs in cross-country .

Bruise = patience: A bone bruise is like a scuff mark in a tree's bark. Bone has sensory endings in the layer around the bones surface like the bark of a tree.If you hit it, the blow can trigger the pain receptors & sometimes a reaction at the bones surface. A bump may form with some calcium buildup. A direct or glancing blow can trigger the event. Over time it will heal on its own. ...Read more

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Got hit in the face with a volleyball. How do I reduce the swelling?

Natural healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. It will reduce quickly. ...Read more