Slip and falls may initially seem easy to overlook. After all, people fall every day and do not injure themselves. However, some slip and falls can be extremely dangerous and lead to severe injuries. How do you know if your slip and fall was severe? The best way is to pay attention to your symptoms.
If left untreated, the symptoms of serious injuries will continue to linger, explains Medium.com, if not become worse over time. Common injuries include:
- Sprains or strains
- Broken bones
Concussions normally occur if you hit your head during the fall. In some instances, the quick jerk of your neck can also lead to a concussion. Headaches, confusion and nausea may accompany serious head injuries. You may also feel fatigued, dizzy and have a ringing in your ears. To heal from a concussion, you have to take the injury seriously. You may need to avoid any bright lights, loud sounds or computer screens while your brain heals. It may take time for you to be able to resume your daily activities.
Sprains and strains are also common. Often, patients will use an ice pack or over the counter medication to allow the sprain to rest. However, in some cases, you may need further treatment from a professional. This is particularly true if you have any back pain or abdominal discomfort. This could mean you injured your back in the process.
Broken bones occur most often in older patients, but they do not discriminate based on age. Broken bones require casts, immobilization or in some cases surgery. If you leave a broken bone, it could lead to internal bleeding.