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Accidents and injuries.

Accidents and injuries.
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Accidents and injuries

Most people have accidents every now and then. Injuries can range from small incidents, like minor cuts, bruises and grazes, to major ones, resulting in serious head injuries, knee injuries or chest injuries. Learn about causes, symptoms and treatments, as well as how to be prepared with a good first aid kit. You can also use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to check your symptoms.

The seriousness of a back injury depends on the cause of the injury and what damage is done.

Back injuries

Back injuries are very common, and often occur as a result of sudden movements, bumps, knocks or falls. Learn more about the signs of back injury and...

Children can be likely to get bumps and bruises because they are often physically active.

Bumps, knocks and bruises

Bumps, knocks and bruises are common injuries that everyone will experience from time to time. Read more about treatments for bumps, knocks and bruise...

A chest injury may be to the chest wall itself, or any of the organs inside the chest.

Chest injuries

Chest injury is any injury to the chest area, between the neck and the abdomen. Learn about the signs of injury and treatments.

How to take steps to prevent falls.

Falls and how to prevent them

Everyone can be at risk of having a fall, but some older adults can be more vulnerable than others. Read about how to take steps to prevent falls.

First aid kits should be maintained so they are ready for use.

First aid kits

An organised and properly stocked first aid kit can give you peace of mind in a medical emergency.

Head injuries

The most common causes of head injuries are falls, assaults and car accidents. Find out more about the symptoms and treatments here.

Knee injury as a result of an accident.

Knee injuries

There are two general kinds of knee problems: mechanical and inflammatory. Find out more about knee injuries as a result of accidents or illness.

Limb injuries

A limb injury is any injury to a limb, such as a leg or arm, or to their toes and fingers. Find out more about limb injuries and its many causes.

A subdural haematoma is usually caused by a blow to the head.

Subdural haematoma

A subdural haematoma is a tear of a blood vessel between the surface of the brain and a layer covering the brain.

Causes of wounds and cuts

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Cuts, grazes and bruises

Children often injure themselves during play, and older children can be injured during sporting activities. While the body is very good at healing itself, cuts and grazes usually heal more quickly if simple first aid steps are followed.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Cuts, grazes and bruises

Children often injure themselves during play, and older children can be injured during sporting activities. While the body is very good at healing itself, cuts and grazes usually heal more quickly if simple first aid steps are followed.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Kids' Health - Topics - Cuts and grazes

Do you ever fall over and hurt yourself? Every one does sometimes and when you are active and growing it can happen more often.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Head injuries

Children's heads are often hurt when they fall over or bump into something hard. Sometimes bangs on the head can cause very severe harm, but often small knocks just cause bruising and pain for a short while.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Kids' Health - Topics - Bruises

Anyone who is rushing about doing heaps of things can bang into something (or someone) if they are in too much of a rush. Kids are often in a hurry to get somewhere, play sport, want to be first in line etc. and so kids often have bruises in many colours, decorating some parts of their bodies.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Children and head injuries

A head injury or head trauma happens when the brain is swollen, torn, stretched, shaken, compressed, bruised or pierced. Read our page to find what you should do if you think your child has had a head injury.

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A core biopsy is a procedure where a needle is passed through the skin to take a sample of tissue from a mass or lump.

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Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy information | myVMC

Fine needle aspiration is a quicker, less painful biopsy procedure to remove tissue, cell or fluid samples. It involves using a hollow needle.

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Wound care - myDr.com.au

Different types of wounds require different types of care, depending on whether they have resulted from surgery, punctures, burns, tears or ulcers.

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Cat scratch disease - myDr.com.au

The diagnosis of cat scratch disease is not always easy, particularly if the person doesn't remember being injured by a cat.

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