- Limited range of motion
- It’s accompanied by swelling and significant pain
- It doesn’t improve within two weeks
- It doesn’t disappear completely within three to four weeks
- It’s located on the head and your loved one can’t remember what happened
- It’s located near an eye and your loved one is having trouble seeing or moving the eye
- It’s located under a fingernail or toenail and is causing pain
- There doesn’t appear to be any reason for the bruising
What causes breaks, sprains & bruises in seniors?
Although breaks, sprains, and bruises can result from a number of things, seniors often sustain these injuries during a fall. Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with an older adult receiving ER treatment for a fall every 11 seconds, and falls are the leading cause of nonfatal, trauma-related hospital admissions among seniors.
There are various reasons why falls are relatively common among the elderly population. For instance, seniors may fall down because their eyesight has deteriorated, making it harder for them to see where they’re going, or because they’ve lost their sense of balance. Notably, although seniors often require medication to manage their health conditions, certain prescriptions can produce side effects that actually increase the chances of falling, such as dizziness and drowsiness.
Plus, when a senior injures him- or herself, the injury is more likely to be significant. Many elderly individuals have osteoporosis, which makes bones more fragile and prone to breaking, and seniors tend to have more difficulty recovering from an injury than their younger counterparts.
If left untreated
If your elderly loved one has sustained a break, sprain, or bruise requiring professional attention, don’t hesitate to seek treatment, since leaving these conditions untreated can lead to serious complications in the future. For instance, if a fracture doesn’t heal properly, it can result in an infection, limited range of motion, and even a visible deformity.
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