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Questions and Answers on Falls and other Injuries

Questions and Answers on 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.

12/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

Torn Knee Cartilage

I am a 57 year old female and I have just found out I have a torn cartilage in my knee. I was told I need surgery as I have fluid around the area and also pain. Do I have to have surgery? Read more

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12/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

Meniscus Injury

I am 30 yrs old and fell last week and my knee has been popping and grinding and painful since the fall. Could you please tell me what this might be? Read more

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12/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

Ganglion cysts

Question I've had a big knot on my right hand for the last few months. It doesn't hurt or anything, but I just want to know what it is, and what can I do about it. Read more

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12/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

Baker's cyst

Question I have a cyst associated with a torn lateral meniscus in my knee, that I'm told is a Baker's cyst. What does this mean? Read more

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06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

Whiplash injury?

Question I was involved in a car accident 4 weeks ago when my car was turned upside down. I had chest contusions but no major injury. Now I am experiencing neck tightness and mild pain, head discomfort and mild nausea. I've been told that this is due to whiplash and/or tension. Do you agree that this could be tension related? Read more

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06/02/2003 - Questions and Answers

Patellar Tendonitis

I play football and I have been told I have patellar tendonitis. Rest does not seem to help much. A cortisone injection made it feel better, but I have no strength or stability, especially when I stand on one leg. What else can I do? Read more

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05/20/2003 - Questions and Answers

Rotator Cuff Injury

A recent MRI showed that I have "infraspinatus tendonopathy". My internist says that I need surgery. I am unclear about what this means. Can you please clarify? Read more

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04/04/2003 - Questions and Answers

Recovery after a hip fracture

My grandmother fell and broke her hip, and has been in hospital. What are her chances of making a full recovery? Read more

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03/14/2003 - Questions and Answers

How long does a bruise last?

After a fall I had severe bruising, most of which eventually went, except for a dark pink oval area about 3 inches long, several inches wide, about 4 inches below my knee, which is occasionally very painful. This has remained for six months so far. Is there some underlying damage to my leg? Read more

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