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Chief Complaint

It is important to determine what is going on, and for how long, before deciding on the next step.
What:
• Open injury (sharp injury and/or with crush component)
• Closed injury
• Gunshot wound
When:
• Acute injury (happened hours ago)
• Subacute injury (happened within the last few weeks to year)
• Chronic injury (happened over a year ago)
• Sudden onset
• Insidious onset
Symptoms:
• Loss of motor function
• Loss of sensory function
• Pain
Variation:
• Ameliorants (anything that made the injury feel better)
• Exacerbants (anything that made the injury feel worse)
Other:
• Associated injuries: vascular, bony, and soft tissue
• Previous treatments (medical, therapy, and surgical-related)