By Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC
February 25, 2014
Top Three Sports that Cause Nose Injuries
Football, hockey, and boxing—what do these three sports have in common? These highly competitive contact sports are the sports that most commonly result in nasal injuries.
However, nasal injuries are not only limited to these three sports. Sports that involve physical contact, fast fists, and quick footwork can make it difficult to avoid injury, especially to the face. A quick jab, hockey puck or basketball hitting the nose, or contact by another athlete may result in bleeding, bruising, or even a nasal fracture. It’s important to know what to do during a nose injury.
What to do about an injured nose
If your nose gets bruised, it will heal on its own. Elevating your head and applying cold compresses to the eyes can help speed recovery.
How do you know if your nose is broken? Here are common symptoms to go by:
- ·Deformity of the external nose
- ·Bleeding from the nose
- · Difficulty breathing through nasal passages
- · Significant swelling and bruising of the nose and under the eyes
If you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s important to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. They can help get your nose back in shape and on its way to healing.
What does a broken nose mean for you?
A fracture of the nasal bones can result in functional and aesthetic problems. Not only will it affect the outside appearance of your nose, but it may also result in difficulty breathing through one or both sides of the nose. This is most likely caused by a deviated nasal septum, but can also be from narrowing of the nasal passages from external bony deformity.
Within the first several weeks after the injury, the nasal bones may be manipulated back into their proper position with a procedure called a closed reduction. After the bones have healed, you may need to consider a rhinoplasty. Springfield residents can talk to the Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield. Rhinoplasty can treat a deviated septum, weak nostrils, and a twisted nose caused by a nose injury.
Do you have a structural abnormality? Do you want to get a rhinoplasty procedure for cosmetic reasons? To determine the extent of your injury/issue, you should schedule a consultation for a rhinoplasty in Springfield. For more information, call our Springfield office at (413) 732-7426. What other topics would you like us to cover on our blog? Feel free to add comments or questions in the section below.