How to Treat a Slip and Fall Injury Properly

Do you know how to treat a slip and fall injury? How would you react if you slipped and fell in your home or public space?

Although many seniors risk getting injured due to a bad fall, the truth is that this type of incident can happen to anyone. Knowing what to do when it happens is extremely important.

Let’s pretend you slipped and fell down a staircase and are in pain. What now?

1. Ask for help if you can’t get up on your own

If the pain you feel doesn’t prevent you from getting back up on your own, do it, but proceed with caution. Try rolling onto your side, getting on your hands and knees, and then slowly rising to your feet.

If you cannot get up alone, you must ask someone for help. If you have your phone with you, this will be easy: you can call someone or even directly call 911 if you think your injuries are serious.

If you are in a public space, you can be sure someone will come and help you. But what if you are alone at home and don’t have a phone nearby? You could scream for help or bang on the wall to get someone’s attention.

2. Get to an emergency room for major injuries

If you only suffer a few abrasions and bruises, getting to a hospital might not be necessary to treat your injuries. But if you are severely injured, you need immediate medical attention.

Get to an emergency room, either on your own or by calling an ambulance. A doctor can assess your injuries, treat them immediately, and recommend medication or additional treatments to help you recover faster.

Remember that slip and fall accidents can result in sprains, strains, fractures, head injuries, and even spinal cord injuries. Even if you don’t think you are that badly injured, it’s best not to take any chances.

It’s better to see a doctor and be told everything is alright than to assume you are fine and stay home while your injuries slowly worsen. Depending on your circumstances, you may be legally entitled to compensation. Contact a slip and fall lawyer for a professional consultation.

3. Treat minor injuries with the RICE method

Though seeing a doctor to treat major slip and fall injuries is important, you can treat minor injuries at home with the RICE method. Your doctor will recommend this treatment if you suffer from a sprain or a strain.

But what is the RICE method, exactly? No, it doesn’t involve any rice. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Rest

When an injury leaves you in pain, you need to rest. Trying to ignore the pain and to keep going as if everything is normal could aggravate your injury. So, take a lot of rest to help your body recover faster.

Ice

Applying ice to your injuries will help reduce pain and swelling. Use an ice pack wrapped in a light towel, and apply it to the injured area for about 15 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. You can also use a bag of frozen peas.

Compression

Wrap the injured area with an elastic medical bandage to help prevent swelling. Be sure the bandage is tight, but not too tight, as you don’t want it to interrupt blood flow.

Elevation

Finally, your injury should be elevated as often as possible. This is easier to do if you have a sprained ankle: prop your leg up on some pillows to try to elevate it above the level of your heart.

4. See a chiropractor to help treat ongoing pain

Your doctor might recommend seeing a chiropractor to treat ongoing pain and stiffness. Chiropractic care can help restore the normal function of your body without the need for surgery or medication.

A chiropractor can relieve your pain through manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, and ultrasound therapy and help your body fully recover from its injuries.

5. Physical therapy will help restore function and mobility

Your doctor could also recommend physical therapy to relieve pain, improve movement, and prevent disability or surgery.

Your physical therapist will assess your condition by asking questions and administering a few tests. Then, they will create your personalized treatment plan, which might involve exercises and stretches, massage therapy, and heat and cold therapy.

Now that you know how to treat a slip and fall injury, you should take measures to try to prevent such an incident. If you slip and fall despite your precautions, you will at least know what to do and what to expect.