Injury Time

Dr Vernon Coleman

Taken from` Bodypower’ by Vernon Coleman

`If you cut or injure yourself in any way, once the clotting mechanism has ensured that the amount of blood lost is kept to a minimum, another series of complex mechanisms will begin to ensure that any potential risk of infection is also kept to an absolute minimum.

As soon as a blood clot has formed and the loss of blood has been stopped, the damaged cells will release substances into the tissues resulting in the expansion of the local blood vessels and the flow of extra quantities of blood into the injury site. This additional blood will make the area red, swollen and hot. The heat will help damage any infective organisms and the swelling will ensure that the injured part is not used too much. By immobilising the area, the pain and stiffness will act as a natural splint.

White blood cells brought to the injury will help by swallowing up any debris or bacteria which might be there. These scavenging cells, bloated with rubbish, will allow themselves to be discharged from the body as pus once they have done their job. Once the debris has been cleared from the site and the scavenging cells have ensured that no infection remains, the injury will begin to heal.

It is at this point that the body shows an additional refinement, for the scar tissue it builds will be much tougher than the original area of skin that was damaged. Unsightly though it may be, the scar tissue ensures that the injured site is stronger than ever and better able to withstand any future injury.’

Taken from the Sunday Times bestseller `Bodypower’ by Vernon Coleman

Copyright Vernon Coleman December 2021