What is a crush injury?
A crush injury is defined as a compression of extremities or other parts of the body that causes muscle swelling and/or neurological disturbances in the affected areas of the body. It is VERY important to seek early aggressive treatment in a patient who is suspected to have a crush injury. It is crucial to consider the severity of soft tissue damage and fractures, and the duration of the compression/entrapment. A crush injury can lead to crush syndrome which can be fatal - seek medical attention immediately.
What are the signs and symptoms of a crush injury?
Skin may remain intact, but may be discolored and bruised
Swelling appears rapidly after pressure release
Pulse may or may not be present in the crushed extremity
Excruciating pain after pressure release
How is a crush injury treated?
When a crush injury is evaluated for treatment, several factors are considered.
The duration and force of compression on the extremity
The extent of damage to the extremity
The patient’s age, medical history and overall health
SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER INITIAL INJURY. DELAYING TREATMENT OR WAITING FOR SYMPTOMS TO DEVELOP MAY RESULT IN RENAL FAILURE.
Dr. Volshteyn is available on an emergency basis. If you suspect you have sustained a crush injury, go to your nearest emergency room. You can request the services of a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Boris Volshteyn. Please call 732-641-3350 if you would like to request his services.