Multiple Traumas

Bruises and sore muscles are common after injuries. These usually feel worse for the first 24 hours. You may have more stiffness and soreness over the next several hours to several days. It may be worse when you wake up the first morning following your injury. You will improve with each passing day. The amount of improvement often depends on the amount of damage done.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Drink more fluids than normal. Do not drink alcohol.

  • Take a hot or warm shower or bath once or twice a day. This will increase blood flow to sore muscles.

  • Return to activity as tolerated. Lifting may aggravate neck or back pain.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Do not use aspirin. This may increase bruising because aspirin decreases the ability of blood to form clots that stop bleeding.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have numbness, tingling, weakness, or problems with the use of your arms or legs.

  • You have severe headaches not relieved with medicines.

  • You have changes in bowel or bladder control.

  • You develop increasing pain in any areas of the body.

  • You have shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting.

  • You have a fever.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), throw up (vomit), or sweat.

  • You have increasing belly pain.

  • You have blood in your urine, stool, or vomit.

  • You have pain in either shoulder or in an area where a shoulder strap would be.

  • You feel lightheaded or faint.

  • You feel you may be getting worse rather than better.

  • Your symptoms are worsening.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.