Why early diagnosis and treatment of traumatic injuries is important.
Traumatic injuries cause damage to the cells that make up the soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that cause an inflammatory response characterized by pain, localized swelling, heat, redness and a loss of function.
Too much of an inflammatory response in the early stages of an injury can delay the healing process making it longer to return to normal activity. Early attention and treatment can minimize the inflammatory phase of an injury, so that the overall process of healing can begin.