Don’t Stand For It: What To Do After You Hurt Your Leg

One of the downsides of trying to exercise more is the huge potential for injury if you don’t know what you’re doing. Even a leisurely run through the woods can become an accident if you trip over a root and hurt your knee. You don’t even need to be exercising to be at risk of injury; some people hurt their legs through an accident at work that leaves them bed bound for weeks. The worst thing about trauma to the leg is that if you don’t give them the time to heal properly, you risk not getting your full motion back or making the abrasion permanent. Here are a few home remedies to supplement your doctor’s orders.

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Broken bones

The injury most likely to earn you a stay in the hospital is a suspected broken bone. While you’re waiting for an ambulance to arrive try to control the bleeding, remove any anklets or rings, and splint the leg to protect it from further injury but don’t try to straighten it even if the bone is sticking out. Various complications can occur with fractures depending on the bone, the severity of the break, and the person’s age. If you have private medical insurance you can decide which hospital and GP you wish to treat your injury. Once you arrive at the hospital, your doctor will assess the injury, apply a cast, and give you some local anesthetic if the pain is too much. When you’re ready to be discharged your doctor will also give you instructions on how to care for your cast.

Knee injury

From the moment you first scraped it as a child, your knee has suffered a lot of injuries. Unfortunately, as you get older it’s less likely to bounce back to its former condition. Knee injuries are generally caused by twisting or bending force applied to the knee, or a direct blow, such as from sports, falls, or accidents. Treatment of knee injuries depends on the type and severity of the injury, but you can usually fall back on RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for the minor blows. Anything more serious such as twisting or dislocation will require physical therapy, immobilization, or surgery.

Ankle injury

Athletes aren’t the only ones who suffer trauma to their ankles; all it takes is uneven ground to cause a painful and debilitating sprain. Ankle injuries are defined by the kind of tissue – bone, ligament, or tendon – that’s damaged. A fracture describes a break in one or more of the bones. A sprain is the term that describes damage to ligaments when they are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. A strain refers to damage to muscles and tendons as a result of being pulled or stretched too far. RICE therapy is also the first course of treatment for any ankle injury, at least until you can determine what kind it is. The best way for athletes to avoid hurting their ankles is to stretch before playing, and wear appropriate shoes.  

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