Acute Injury Care

Acute injury, and subsequent pain, results from an isolated, identifiable specific traumatic event. The pain from this type of injury is usually isolated and immediate (within 24-48 hours), and normally resolves within 4-6 weeks or with surgical correction.

Examples of Common Acute Injuries
  • Sprains/strains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Head Injuries
  • Abrasions/cuts

These types of injuries normally require immediate medical attention from an Approved Medical Provider (AMP) for proper diagnosis. Once diagnosed, prompt referral to skilled physical therapy helps reduce the frequency and intensity of pain resulting in decreased disability and a more rapid return to full function, including work and sport.

Unfortunately, many acute injuries are not always clear cut and well defined. There may be an underlying process or structural fault that caused or contributed to the injury. Without properly addressing these issues, in addition to the injury itself, an acute injury may not completely resolve setting the stage for repetitive injury and chronic pain. Knowing why and how an acute injury occurred is just as important as knowing how to treat the injury itself.

In my clinic, I do a thorough examination to rule out any contributing factors to an acute injury. By starting with a larger focus before narrowing down to the injury site, I am better able to identify and properly address any underlying issues that may impair the healing process. As a result, the risk of re-injury and chronic pain decreases, while the chance for complete recovery increases.