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Leg Stress Fracture, Tibia
Liver Injury
Neck Dislocation
Neck Fracture
Neck Sprain
Neck Strain
Nose Injury
Pelvis Strain, Hip-Trunk
Pelvis Strain, Ischium
Perineum Contusion
Rib Dislocation
Rib Fracture
Rib Sprain
Rib Strain
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Bursitis
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Contusion
Shoulder-Blade Fracture, Acromion
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Fracture, Coracoid Process
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Fracture, Glenoid Fossa
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Fracture, Neck
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Strain
Shoulder Bursitis, Gleno-Humeral
Shoulder Bursitis, Subacromial
Shoulder Contusion
Shoulder Dislocation
Shoulder Sprain, Acromio-Clavicular
Shoulder Sprain, Gleno-Humeral
Shoulder Strain
Shoulder Tendinitis & Tenosynovitis
Skin Abrasion
Skin Laceration
Skin Puncture Wound
Spine Fracture, Lower Thoracic & Lumber Region
Spine Fracture, Sacrum
Spine Fracture, Tailbone
Spine Stress-Fracture, Neck or Back
Spleen Rupture
Thigh-Bone Fracture
Thigh Contusion
Thigh Hematoma
Thigh Injury, Hamstring
Thigh Strain, Quadriceps
Thigh Strain
Thumb Fracture
Thumb Sprain
Toe Dislocation
Toe Exostosis
Toe Fracture
Tooth Injury & loss
Wrist Contusion
Wrist Dislocation, Lunate
Wrist Dislocation, Radius or Ulna
Wrist Ganglion
Wrist Sprain
Wrist Strain
Wrist Tenosynovitis

Skin Puncture Wound

Wound produced by any object that penetrates the skin to the soft tissue, bones or joint below.

Body Parts Involved

Any part of the body.


Any foreign body that penetrates the skin and underlying tissue (cleats, javelin, splinters, glass).

Signs & Symptoms

Hole in the skin with a puckered and discolored edge. The hole may appear smaller than the object that caused it, due to partial re-expansion of the damaged tissues.


Note:- Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

First Aid

  • Remove any foreign material (splinter, glass on other) if you can.
  • Clean the area with warm water and soap.

Continuing Care

  • Extensive or deep penetrating wounds may need to be enlarged and explored surgically under antiseptic conditions.
  • If bleeding occurs, control it by applying firm pressure to the wound with a cloth.
  • Use warm immersion soaks (see Glossary) to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Rest the injured part until it heals.
  • Wear a snug elastic bandage over the injured area if you can. This will decrease fluid collection under the wound and minimize further bleeding.
  • Get a tetanus toxoid booster.


  • For minor discomfort, you may use non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen.
  • Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to fight infection.

Home Diet

For a serious puncture wound, eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs.

Diagnostic Measures

  • Your own observation of symptoms.
  • Medical history and physical exam by a doctor.
  • X-rays of the underlying area to rule out fractures and joint damage.
Prevention Tips

Avoid rough terrain for athletic activities.

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