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Accidents and injuries

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

Back injuries

Back injuries often occur as a result of sudden movements, bumps or falls. Learn to recognise symptoms that could indicate a severe back injury.

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. Read about related symptoms, when to see a doctor, treatment options and possible complications.

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.

Falls

Anyone can be at risk of having a fall, but some older adults are more vulnerable than others. Here's 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 an emergency condition that can result from a head injury. Here's why it's so important to seek urgent medical attention.

Some wounds can be caused by an injury, or by a cut.

Wounds, cuts and grazes

Wounds can be caused by an injury, an infection, or by chronic illnesses. Here’s how to look after wounds, cuts and grazes and when to get help.

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