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Orthopedic Emergencies: Fractures, Amputations, Sprains and Strains

Learn what to do in the case of an injury to your arms or legs. Moving a patient before help arrives may worsen the damage.
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What is RICE and how do I do it?
Twist your ankle or hurt your wrist? The treatment advice has been the same for decades: rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). You've most likely heard the acronym, but do you know how to implement it? How long do you ice and how much rest?

Elastic Bandages
Elastic bandages do a good job of compressing a new injury or inflammation and help keep swelling down. However, there's a limit to how long you should compress an injury.

Frostbite with an Ice Pack
It's possible to get frostbite when using an ice pack, if you don't do it properly. Ask any coach or PE teacher how to treat a twisted ankle and he or she is likely to say RICE -- rest, ice, compression and elevation. It's a tried and true method that works pretty well, as long as you follow a very important rule for icing the injury.

Common Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries
Whether you like to ski or snowboard (or one of the dozens of other types of gravity-related snow transport devices) there's always a chance of injury. Overall, less than 4 injuries happen for every 1,000 days of skiing or snowboarding, which isn't bad. Of course, some of those injuries are pretty major -- and some are even life-threatening.

Treat an Amputation
Whether it's a leg amputation or a penis amputation, the treatment is essentially the same. Control bleeding and place the amputated limb into a bag for transport.

Treat a Sprain
Sprains can often be treated at home with the proper care. Learn how to treat a sprain.

Ways to Ruin Your New Year's Resolutions
Brush up on your splinting skills and get ready to recognize busted bones or broken hearts. Sudden exercise is a good way for a bad beginning to the new year. These are the ways to find yourself getting surgery before February.

Making a Pillow Splint
Splinting an ankle can be difficult because of the shape. One way is to use a pillow to immobilize the injured ankle. These steps show how a pillow can be used to splint an ankle.

How to Splint a Foot
Splinting a foot requires immobilizing not only the foot, but the ankle as well. This type of splinting should provide enough support to get the victim to medical help.

Making an Ice Pack at Home
Ice packs help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make an ice pack at home with common items. Never place ice directly on skin.

Common Sports Injuries
School sports can get a little rough. Football, soccer, basketball, and even baseball have the potential for injuring participants. Make sure you know how to handle the injuries that come from team sports.

Sports Injury Cheat Sheet
Play hard or go home. Here are some sports injury tips to cover things like cuts, sprains and fractures.

Basic Steps to Controlling Bleeding
Stop bleeding before it leads to shock

Sprains and Strains
Clearing up the confusion.

RICE Treatment Principles For Sprains and Strains
RICE is not just for dinner.

Amputation - Traumatic
Amputations happen when an arm, leg or other body part is severed from the rest of the body. Learn how to care for an amputation.

Broken Bone
Learn what to do for a fracture.

Why Won't My Finger Straighten Out? - Definition of Why Won't My Finger...
What's going on if your finger is bent at the last joint and won't straighten all the way out? Learn about the condition known as mallet finger.

How to Treat a Smashed Finger
Smashing your finger in a door or hitting it with a hammer is the best way to feel your own pulse. It will be throbbing away under the nail.

Journey of a Broken Wrist
Tori Fontana took a tumble on a ski trip and ended up with a Colles fracture of the wrist. This is her Journey

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