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When should I call 911 for someone with a muscle injury?

A muscle injury is rarely an emergency or a life-threatening situation and usually does not necessitate a call to 911; however, there are always exceptions. If you feel that an injury is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 911. In general, the 911 phone line is a precious resource and should be reserved for and used in emergency situations only.
Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number for the following situations:
  • There is obvious deformity.
  • There is moderate or severe swelling and discoloration.
  • The injured person cannot move or use the affected part normally.
  • The injury involves the head, neck, or spine.
  • The injured person has trouble breathing.
  • The cause of the injury suggests that the injury may be severe.
  • It is not possible to safely or comfortably move the person to a vehicle for transport to a hospital.

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