3. Prepare to Stand
If you believe you are uninjured and can recover from the fall on your own, follow these steps in the following order:
- Roll over onto your side.
- Pause and assess again for injuries.
- Rise onto your hands and knees and crawl to any sturdy piece of furniture, preferably a chair or couch.
- Place your hands firmly onto the furniture and move one foot forward until you are in a half kneeling position.
- Keep your other knee bent.
- From this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body so you can sit in the chair.
4. Call a Friend
Even if you feel fine after a fall, it’s important you notify either a family member or friend. It’s possible you could have hit your head and a loved one can check-in to make sure you aren’t suffering from a concussion or any other post-fall injuries that may become apparent after the shock wears off.
5. Notify Your Doctor
It’s always best practice to visit your doctor after a fall for a routine checkup. There are multiple injuries that may not show up immediately after a fall and it’s best to seek help before any unwanted conditions appear. It is especially important to contact your doctor if you hit your head during the fall.
6. Relieve Pain and Swelling
It’s not uncommon to feel pain, fatigue and swelling after a fall. If you have any form of cold packs available, apply them immediately to the point of impact to assist in the reduction of swelling. If you don’t have a cold pack, any bag of frozen vegetables also works effectively.
Continue to apply the cold pack a few times a day for three days post fall. Once the inflammation has been reduced, typically around day four, you might want to switch to a heat pad to further help with paid reduction and to promote blood flow. You can always consult your doctor for further instructions, as well as seek medical attention if the pain is persistent.
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