Everyone is vulnerable to acute injuries and illnesses. An acute injury by definition results from a single event, like trauma from a fall or car accident, or fracturing your wrist or ankle during physical activity or from a sports injury. Even someone who is cautious and not very active can suffer an acute injury. An acute disease or illness typically develops quickly, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere and usually lasts for a short period of time depending on the cause and severity. Dr. Antoine Geffrard, a rehabilitation and internal medicine physician in Southfield, MI, offers a range of diagnostic and treatment options for acute and chronic injuries and illnesses.
Injury and Disease Rehabilitation and Treatment in Southfield, MI
For some people, pain that starts out as acute eventually becomes chronic, which means it becomes ongoing and long term. Whether you're dealing with a case of the flu or a joint or soft tissue injury, getting prompt medical attention is important in order to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the most common acute injuries and illnesses include:
- Muscle and soft tissue tears and sprains
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Trauma/impact injuries
- Cuts and bruises
Common signs and symptoms of an acute injury include:
- Sudden onset of pain
- Limited range of motion in a joint
- Protruding bone fragment
- Difficulty applying pressure on a limb
With trauma injuries, diagnostic testing is usually necessary to determine the extent of damage (you should seek emergency treatment for serious or life threatening injuries).
Minor injuries like wrist or ankle sprains for example can often be treated conservatively with rest, icing, and over the counter pain relievers. Treatment options can range from physical therapy, medication, applying a cast or splint, to surgery depending on the type of injury and the extent of the damage.
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For more information about rehabilitation and our clinical services, contact us today by calling (248) 663-5353 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Geffrard.