Getting an injury is probably an athlete’s worst nightmare. For professional athletes, it could mean the end of a rewarding career or losing a long-cherished dream. But it is not athletes alone who are prone to major accidents or physical damage. Even office workers, housewives, and pedestrians who go about their usual routines could be exposed to very serious injury.
How does an injury actually hurt or immobilize a person? When a certain body part is injured, the tissues in that body part are stretched out of ranger or a strong impact causes the blood vessels to be torn or damaged. The amount of bleeding may be increased if the injury involves the tearing or piercing of an artery where blood flows through. When an arterial occurs, blood is prevented from reaching other body parts, leaving the cells with no nourishment that is supposed to come from the blood. These dying cells stimulate the release of histamine and cause the blood vessels to swell and bring increased blood supply and nutrients to aid in the repair of the damaged tissues. The capillaries become more absorbent and more protein and inflammatory substances might be pushed into the injured area and cause swelling.
How do we treat minor injuries? The best thing to remember in treating minor injuries is the acronym R-I-C-E:
Rest – the injured part as much as possible to allow the healing of damaged tissues.
Ice – Apply ice for up to 10 minutes. Do not wait for the swelling to start. This may be repeated every 2 hours during the first two days after injury. It is important not to keep the ice on any longer than 10 minutes as the body then reacts by increasing blood flow to warm the area and therefore exacerbating the swelling. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Use a wet flannel.
Compression – After ice, apply a compression bandage to help minimize the swelling to the tissues.
Elevation – Elevate the injured part to help limit blood flow and prevent the use of muscles to the injured part.
Physical therapy combined with the use of pain relievers like Tramadol may hasten the recovery period. Tramadol is a synthetic pain reliever that has gained the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It works by binding the receptors of the brain which are responsible for transmitting painful sensations throughout the body. Several medical studies show that this medication has a low abuse rate compared to other pain relievers. In addition, Tramadol’s side effects are milder compared to other pain-relieving drugs out in the market. These side effects may include nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, and vomiting. Individuals should consult their doctors before taking this medicine. Though Tramadol’s side effects are mild and bearable, it may not be used by individuals with certain health conditions and medical history. This drug may also interact with other drugs which may lead to the development of more unwanted side effects.
Prevention is better than cure. Rather than seeking medical attention to treat injuries, this condition can be prevented by proper execution of exercise movements or sports activities. A doctor-approved fitness program that includes flexibility training, warm-up, and cool-down exercises may lessen the development of injuries. If these things fail, ask your doctor about Tramadol.