Common Home Injuries
Falls are the number one cause of home injuries in the U.S. The two groups most at risk for falls are children under the age 5 and adults over the age of 70. Typical injury symptoms are sharp pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness.
There are simple, practical measures to prevent slips, trips and falls in your house:
- Clean up spills immediately in the kitchen and bathroom, or on hardwood floors.
- Clear clutter and obstacles from hallways and walkways.
- Close cabinet and desk drawers when not in use.
- Replace burnt out light bulbs promptly.
- Replace worn-out flooring, loose carpet, slippery throw rugs and wooden floorboards that are sticking up.
- Install handrails and grab bars on stairways, in the shower and near the toilet if possible.
- If you need to use a ladder, always have someone hold it steady.
- Wear shoes around the house instead of socks.
As you age, you become more susceptible to trips, slips and falls because eyesight, hearing and balance tend to worsen. Medication can also cause unbalance and confusion, which can lead to falls. To prevent slips and falls as you age, consider these safety tips:
- Stay physically active to maintain strength, healthy bones and balance.
- Have eyesight and hearing checked regularly.
- Know the side effects of your medication. Talk to your doctor if your medicine makes you feel dizzy, sleepy or confused.
- Get enough sleep.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink.
- Use a cane or walker as needed, especially when walking in an unknown area or an area with an uneven surface.
- Wear non-skid shoes.
Slips, trips and falls can cause:
- Fractures and breaks
- Knee and shoulder injuries
- Hip and pelvis injuries
- Hand injuries
- Sprains and strains
Not in the top ten, but common altogether, are cuts from kitchen knives or other sharp objects found at home, including scissors, tools, saws, etc. If you cut yourself, apply pressure to stop the bleeding. If possible, clean the wound with soap and water. Apply some antibacterial ointment or spray to help keep clean.
For some cuts, it will require stitches. As a non-medical professional, it is not always easy to tell if you need stitches or not, but here are some guidelines for seeking immediate help:
- If the cut is deep enough to expose deeper tissue, bone, etc.
- If the cut is large, maybe more than a few inches in size,
- If you were cut or punctured by something that is dirty or contaminated, such as a rust piece of metal, a dog bite, etc.
Another good resource is this article from the Cleveland Clinic.
If your cut needs stitches, you should get stitches within approximately six hours. Go To Ortho provides immediate stitches at your walk-in appointment.
What to Expect at Go To Ortho
When you, your child or your parent is hurt, you want care quickly. You want to get the very best care immediately. It is based on this premise why our specialists founded Go To Ortho. Our wait time is typically much shorter than the wait time at an emergency room or other urgent care facilities. Go To Ortho lets you go directly to the most qualified specialists first for better outcomes and with less hassle. We treat patients of all ages.
During an appointment at Go To Ortho, you will get an immediate diagnosis of the injury, corrective treatment, and medication, if needed, by our team of specialists. We’ll also discuss long-term options for recovery.
The Most Common Injuries
Injuries disrupt life. Significant injuries can happen without warning at work, at home or while playing sports.