Leg Injury Treatment
The treatment for a leg injury depends on the severity and type of the injury. Commonly, treatment for a leg injury includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and a leg cast or splint. Additional treatment may include narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery to repair broken bones, torn ligament, or torn tendons.
Treatment options for a leg injury may include:
- Wound care
- Cold compresses
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Elevate the leg
- Leg cast or splint
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery for leg fracture
- Physical therapy for leg injury
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Leg Injury Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for a leg injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Leg Injury Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat leg injuries:
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