Welcome to Injuries Home PageBitten by a dog? Sprained your ankle? Severe backache? Any hurt or damage to the body is referred to as injury. An injury can either damage the structure or impair the proper functioning of a body part. The basic cause of an injury may be physical, chemical, thermal or electrical in nature, be it a punch in the face, poisoning, burn or an electric shock that harms your body.
Injury may also occur from the lack of a particular element such as heat or oxygen. A person who has to withstand severe cold without any protection, or lack of oxygen in a high altitude area may cause harm to one's body.
Injuries can be minor like a nick or major like bullet shot wounds, which may prove to be fatal. Burns, fractures, wounds, bites, toxic inhalation etc. are all common examples of injury. Injuries can be classified in different ways. Depending on the purpose behind an injury or the cause of it, it can be classified as unintentional and intentional.
When you jam your finger in a door or meet with an accident, it is unintentional injury as harm was not meant. But a person who is punched by another or is shot is referred to as intentional injury. Intentional injury, meaning 'violence' is more prevalent in society today and it can be seen more markedly among adolescents and young adults. Intentional injury can be fatal and may even lead to death. It is more closely related to behavior of the individuals and other social factors like gender, class, race, origin etc.
Self-injury is when one deliberately hurts oneself in a fit of rage or extreme emotional tension. Most people may view this behavior as suicidal but it is not always so. People with psychological problems or autistic children may bang their heads against a wall repetitively or demonstrate other such detrimental behavior. But even seemingly healthy individuals indulge in hitting themselves, cutting their arms or thighs, pulling their hair etc. This is indicative of deep emotional problems such as frustration, anxiety etc. which they are unable to express appropriately.
What concerns most of us is prevention of injury - whether intentional or unintentional. One may take precautions to keep sharp objects from reach of young children or may advise a teen to abstain from violent behavior. But you cannot always prevent a sting or a burn from hot water, so a whole list of injuries (both minor and major) has been compiled along with guidelines for treatment for your benefit.
It is also recommended that you learn basic first aid techniques, which can be extremely helpful in emergency situations. First aid is of two types - one where minor injuries can be dealt with and the other to provide basic care to a seriously injured individual before medical help can be obtained. No person of any age (from infants to the elderly) can always escape injury. It is a natural part of life and awareness can prevent some injuries (such as chronic backache from repetitive stress by heavy lifting). But for other unexpected injuries, treatment is always possible.
For information on any injury, you may select it from the left hand side menu.
Insect Stings and Spider Bites
Human and Animal Bites
Shoulder Injury Fracture
Toxic Inhalations and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Facial Injury Jaw Fracture and Dislocation
Knee Injury General Considerations
Knee Injury Contusion
Knee Injury Fracture
Knee Injury Sprain
Leg Injury Fractures and Contusions
Leg Injury Shin Splints
Oral and Tongue Injuries
Nasal Fracture or Contusion
Neck Injury General Considerations
Neck Injury Fracture
Neck Injury Spinal Cord Injury
Pelvic Bone Fracture
Chest Injury Rib Fracture
Back Injury Sacrococcygeal Injury
Shoulder Injury Clavicle Fracture
Shoulder Injury Strains and Sprains
Neck Injury Spinal Cord Injury
Abdominal Injury Ruptured Spleen
Foot Injury Toe Fracture and Sprain
Vaginal or Vulvar Injury
Drowning and Near Drowning
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