Falls and other Injuries

An injury is damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside agent or force.  Different types of injuries include the following:

Amputation: the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery.
Bruise: a hemorrhage under the skin caused by contusion.
Burns: caused by excess heat, chemical exposure, or sometimes cold (frostbite).
Concussion: a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow, without any penetration into the skull or brain.
Fractures: injuries to bones.
Joint dislocation: the displacement of a bone from its normal joint.
Shock: a serious medical condition where the tissues cannot obtain sufficient oxygen and nutrients.
Sprain: a sudden overstretching that causes a tear in the ligaments and the muscles.
Wound: cuts and grazes to or through the skin that cause bleeding.

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