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What Are Acute Injuries?

An acute injury is one that is swift and severe to include sprains, fractures, and strains. Given that an acute injury occurs suddenly, it is usually the result of a traumatic event such as a sports injury, vehicle accident, biking incident, or a fall. If you’ve experienced an acute injury, you’ll likely experience severe symptoms immediately with a traumatic impact causing anything from bones breaking to muscle and ligament tears. Typically, an acute injury will require immediate medical attention. The below symptoms are examples of acute injuries and require professional care:

  • Inability to support weight on the injured area
  • An audible pop, crunch, tear, or other atypical sounds from the area where the injury occurred
  • Visible deformities
  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fever

If you have suffered a serious acute injury, you likely require immediate treatment. At RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, Dr. Antonie Geffrard can offer treatment of acute injuries and will do so in a caring and constructive environment that puts the needs of our patients first.

Immediate Treatment for Acute Injuries

Acute injuries can cause significant damage to muscles, skin, cartilage, soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. At our Southfield, MI office, Dr. Geffrard is prepared to treat these injuries from the onset; however, if you have suffered an acute injury you should start treatment immediately. In the initial aftermath of an acute injury, focusing on the PRICE method:

  • Protect: Limit movement and immobilize the injured area with a brace, sling, or splint.
  • Rest: Rest is critical to the recovery process and you should limit movement of the injured area to only those that test range of motion. 
  • Ice: Rotate ice on the injured area in ten to fifteen-minute increments with one to two hours of rest in between.
  • Compression: Using a compression wrap or an elastic bandage helps support the injured body part while also reducing swelling.
  • Elevation: As fluid gravitates to the injured area, swelling increases but by keeping the injured body part above the heart-swelling will be minimized. 

To schedule a consultation to learn how RMS Consultations and Dr. Geffrard in Southfield, MI can assist in treating your acute injury, give us a call at 248-663-5353 and a member of our friendly staff will be happy to help. 

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