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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Smart Way to Handle Muscular Injuries



Stresses and strains to the muscular system shouldn't be taken lightly. While it's not unusual to try to shake it off if you don't think you're really hurt--and you know your own body well enough to tell--certain types of injuries can be deceptive. Rather than trying to distinguish a simple ache from a more acute injury, you should take precautions until you can verify that the problem is not severe. To be on the safe side, even a minor twist of the joint or sudden sprain should be taken seriously.

When you may have been injured, the first thing to do is to

  1. Cease activity right away, and don't try to work through it
  2. Rest the injury, treat it with ice and a compress, and elevate it to relieve the swelling
  3. If the injury doesn't get better, see a doctor

If experiencing a lot of pain, decreased motion range, joint swelling, instability, deformity, or are simply not getting any better, you should put aside your misgivings and meet with a medical professional. They will most likely order an X-ray to determine the presence or extent of any damage and may, if necessary, recommend an orthopedic specialist.

Far too many of us wrestle with injury and pain on a daily basis under the misguided notion that it's not that bad. These ailments only worsen and end up causing serious health issues down the line that could have been avoided in part or entirely. An orthopedic specialist should be sought out as early as possible to ensure proper treatments can be applied.

When it comes to orthopedics in Oklahoma City, Summit Medical Center offers comprehensive medical services that go well beyond simple pain management. We have an experienced medical team ready to diagnose and treat your condition and symptoms and get you back to doing the things you love. We are dedicated to providing our community the finest healthcare in a safe, comfortable environment.

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