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Acute Injury


Updated August 20, 2007


An acute injury is an injury that occurred recently as a result of a traumatic event. Acute injuries in orthopedics include:

Other acute injuries, not generally seen in orthopedics, include:
  • Lacerations
  • Electrical shocks
  • Burns

Acute Injury Treatment

Most acute orthopedic injuries respond to to R.I.C.E. treatment. This treatment represents:
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevate
Acute injuries should be evaluated by a medical professional before beginning any treatment.

Chronic Injuries

In contrast, a chronic injury is the result of overuse or a long-standing condition. Chronic injuries seen in orthopedics include:
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