We often experience slip and fall injury in our day to day life at our workplace while doing office activities, on road while traveling somewhere, on playground while playing football sport with your friends. Most often such injuries are treated by taking first aid medication. However, doctors suggest to have proper diagnosis of the injury because it may have caused you a subtle internal damage in your nerves or muscles that if left untreated could result in long term medical condition. Consequently, seeing your doctor is primary whether the injury is associated with minor pain or debilitating painful experiences.
R.I.C.E Approach to Manage a Slip and Fall Injury Pain
A slip and fall injury resulting in muscle injuries are often deeply painful. R.I.C.E. is an acronym that many physicians and sports trainers use that stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation that have been briefed as follows:
Let your injured muscles, joints, or bones have some rest and avoid putting weight on the injured body area.
Application of ice packs on the injured area at regular intervals for 15 to 20 minutes at a time will temporarily give relief to the debilitating pain suffered from a slip and fall injury. The benefits of ice are often most significant within two days of the injury.
Wrap an elastic bandage firmly around your injury can further prevent swelling and mitigate pain by keeping the area somehow immobilized. If the wrapping causes numbness or tingling in the extremity, remove it and rewrap the part more loosely. It should not be wrapped so tight that it disturbs and interferes with blood flow.
Prop your injury above the level of your heart to let the fluid drain away from the injured area. Because of doing so helps reduce swelling. If you are unable to elevate an injured part to a level above your heart, try to keep it close to it or at same level.
At some point, you or any of your loved one might have suffered a slip and fall injury that is causing debilitating pain in the victim’s body. In that case get proper diagnosis and expert treatment, and seek professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212. He is a pain management specialist who has been practicing pain relief therapies for the past several years with effective results.