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- Car, motorcycle, or pedestrian collisions
- High-impact sports injuries
- History of falls
- Decreased bone mass— osteoporosis
- Decreased muscle strength
- History of trauma in young children and adolescents, especially during sports
- Pelvic pain
- Pain upon walking, or inability to walk
- Swelling and bruising
- Feeling of a pulled muscle, especially in adolescents that participate in sports
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
Rest and Recovery
Nerve damage, which can affect
- Bladder function
- Sexual function
- Prevent falls by using a stool or stepladder to reach high places. Add handrails along stairways and place nonslip mats in your bathroom, shower, and under carpets.
- Wear a seatbelt in any vehicle your drive or ride in.
- Never drive if you have been drinking, or ride with anyone who has.
- Use proper safety gear for any high-risk sports you participate in.
- Maintain your muscle strength with regular exercise.
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
The American Pediatric Surgical Association http://www.pediatricsurgerymd.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014
- Update Date: 08/29/2014