Injuries and Emergencies

    5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck
    Although neck pain can be the result of stress, age, or injury, it is most often associated with poor posture.


    911 Basics: Responding to a Heart Attack
    Chest pain could be simple indigestion or a heart attack. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack, and knowing how to respond, could save a life. The following guidelines can help you make the right decisions and take the right steps when seconds count.


    A Serious Look at Fainting
    Fainting (syncope) is a brief loss of consciousness. This leads to falling down or needing to lie down, followed by a quick recovery. Fainting by itself is not a problem, but it could be a sign of a serious health condition.


    About Head Injuries
    The most common causes of head injuries are auto and motorcycle accidents, falls and violent assaults.


    Appendicitis: Children and Teens
    Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.


    Bruises
    A bruise is a collection of blood underneath the skin that is caused by injury to an area of the body. Sometimes enough bleeding occurs so that a lump also forms.


    Child Health Emergencies
    A good guideline to follow is that a medical emergency is any time your child has an injury or illness you believe threatens his or her health or may cause permanent harm.


    Concussion’s Effects Can Spread to the Classroom
    Any blow to the head can cause a concussion. Some of the symptoms may fade quickly, but others can linger. Your child may have trouble sleeping or thinking.


    CPR Training and You
    If you know CRP, you could make the difference between life and death for a stranger or someone in your family.


    Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted
    The number of people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.


    Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?
    Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.


    For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat
    After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature -- especially heat -- as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses.


    Heart Attacks and Women
    For many women, a heart attack may feel like a strange discomfort in the back or some other easily ignored sign, instead of crushing chest pain.


    Help Your Back Work for You
    Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won't realize that until you hurt it.


    How Safe Are Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
    Overall, cosmetics and personal care items are considered safe. But that doesn't mean that there aren't risks associated with their use, particularly if you don't use them correctly.


    How to Avoid Common First Aid Mistakes
    Rather than helping, common first aid mistakes can make matters worse. Here are a few common first aid falsehoods and what you should do instead.


    How to Avoid Common Running Injuries
    Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.


    In Case of Emergency...Be Ready for Anything
    Don't wait to think about disaster until you're dealing with one. In the hurried confusion, you're likely to miss important items as you prepare your home or leave to seek shelter.


    Knees Are Casualties of Women's Sports
    Active women are at least twice as likely to suffer serious knee injuries as men, but it's not just athletes who are at risk.


    Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind
    A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.


    Low Back Pain
    Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment such as activity modification, weight loss, quitting smoking and other steps. Sometimes medication or surgery is needed.


    Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers
    Stingers occur when the shoulder and head go in opposite directions, the head is moved quickly to one side, or the area above the collarbone is hit.


    Safety for You and Your Child
    You can help your child by being prepared and preventing injuries from happening. It is important to take charge of your child's health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe.


    Scars
    Detailed information on the different types of scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and adhesions.


    Spinal Cord Injury
    A traumatic injury to the spine can cause a bruise, a partial tear, or a complete tear in the spinal cord. The most common sites of injury are the cervical and thoracic areas.


    Sports Safety
    Because children's bodies are still growing and their coordination is still developing, children are more susceptible than adults to sports injuries.


    Sports-Related Injuries
    What is a contusion? A sprain? A strain? Find out more about these common sports injuries.


    Sprained Ankles Need Attention
    When you sprain an ankle, one or more ligaments on the outside of your ankle become stretched or torn.


    Sprains, Strains, Breaks: What’s the Difference?
    If you've sprained your ankle, you know what pain is. But maybe that "sprain" was a "strain" or possibly even a "break." The amount of pain in each case can be virtually equal.


    Sunburn
    Detailed information on sunburn, including symptoms, treatment, and prevention.


    Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes
    Cuts and scrapes are everyday occurrences, and most can be safely treated at home. Knowing how to clean and care for a cut yourself and when to seek a doctor’s care can help reduce infection and speed healing.


    The Best Ways to Treat, Prevent Tendonitis
    Tendonitis is your body's way of telling you, "Enough! You're putting too much stress on this muscle and joint."


    Treating a Minor Sports Injury
    Here's what you need to know about treating a minor sports injury such as a twisted ankle, shin splint, or strained muscle.


    Treating Minor Childhood Injuries
    Scrapes and sprains are a fact of life for most children, so it’s good to know what to do when they come home with a minor injury.


    Watch That Backpack Load
    Most children rely on backpacks to carry books and supplies to and from school and activities. But a backpack that’s too heavy or doesn’t fit right can cause harm.


    What You Can Do About Dog Bites
    Dogs are responsible for 85% to 90% of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.


    Where to Get Medical Care
    Many forms of emergency treatment take place outside the emergency room, and even many surgeries are performed in locations other than a hospital operating room.