to the body. It is caused by a physical force such as violence or an accident. The injury may be complicated by psychiatric, behavioral, and social factors. This can cause the disability to be greater than just physical injuries. This condition almost always requires care from healthcare professionals.
Fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural disaster
Other shocking experience
The following factor increases your chances of developing trauma:
Age: 1-44 years old
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, don’t assume it is caused by trauma. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. The symptoms associated with trauma vary, and depend on the type of injuries you have suffered. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.
Other tests, depending on the nature of the injuries
Assessment for psychological symptoms
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment usually includes the following:
Resuscitation and/or stabilization—normal vital signs, control blood loss, and restore organ function will be restored first
Further surgeries and/or treatments—after you have been stabilized, you will likely need further surgeries and treatments
Cognitive-behavioral therapy—to address ongoing psychological symptoms from the trauma; a psychotherapist will help you discuss your feelings, return to normal activities, cope with anxiety, deal with anger, overcome sleep problems, and treat associated depression
To help reduce your chances of trauma, the CDC and the National Safety Council recommend that you take the following steps:
Always use seat belts.
Never drive or operate any equipment while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Certain medications can be dangerous as well.
Don't use a cell phone while driving.
Keep poisons, medicine, and cleaning supplies locked up. Keep them away from small children.
Teach children to swim. Teach all family members about water safety.
Develop a fire safety plan.
Make sure all alarm and fire equipment is up to date. (eg, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers)
If you have firearms in the house, make sure they are kept unloaded. Keep them in a locked location.
Wear helmets while biking.
Wear the right safety equipment for all sports and recreation activities.
Wear appropriate protective gear when using power tools.
Help prevent falls in the home. Install night lights, grab bars, and hand rails.
Avoid putting yourself at risk for an accident, violence, or other physical trauma.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a