Open or closed wounds, any wound can definitely hurt. When the skin is broken and there is an exposed underlying tissue, it is an open wound. On the other hand, if the skin is intact and no tissues are directly exposed, it is called a closed wound.
Causes of closed wounds
Direct blunt trauma acquired from motor vehicle muscles or from a fall. Even if the skin is intact, there can still be damage that can reach internal organs, bones, and underlying muscles.
There can be large bruises, too much bleeding on the site, bone fractures, damage of internal organ and nerve. There are more serious complications that can happen called compartment syndrome. This involves the limbs (upper and/or lower).
The goal of treating close wounds is to control the pain while ensure to minimize inflammation and bleeding. To do that, ice packs, compression together with the elevation and immobilization of the affected area. Surgery might be required if there is compartment syndrome.
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