Injuries

Three Reasons Not to Take Chances with Elderly Slip and Falls

Friday, November 15th, 2019

It can be difficult for anyone to know when they need to see a doctor right away after a slip or fall. But for elderly patients, the decision can often be even harder. There are several good reasons that every elderly patient who slips and falls should be checked out by a doctor fairly quickly.

Brittle Bones

As we age, our bones naturally become more brittle and lose some of their strength. This can be further exacerbated by medical conditions and hormone changes. This means that the elderly are at an increased risk of fractures from slips and falls. Even if the pain does not seem to be severe, you should go see a doctor right away.

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Three Common Household Accidents and What to Do

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Household accidents happen all the time to people of all ages. Most of the time, household accidents do not result in injury severe enough to visit a doctor. Most minor injuries can be treated with a basic home first aid kit, but there are some instances when household injuries should be checked by a doctor. Here are three common household accidents and what to do when they happen.

Trips and Falls

Trips and falls happen most often to children and the elderly, but anyone can suffer a fall. Most of the time you don’t need to worry about seeing a doctor for a fall. But if you hit your head in your fall and experience drowsiness or vomiting, you should see a doctor for a possible concussion. You should also see a doctor if you have pain and cannot put weight or pressure on any limb after a fall. If your fall seems to have come out of the blue or because you got dizzy, you should also see a doctor.

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When to Take an Infant to Urgent Care After an Accident

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Whenever your child has an accident, it can be a bit terrifying. Infants can cry very loudly and very hard if they are hurt, even if the injury is minor. It can be difficult to know when your infant’s accident requires medical care. No matter how careful you are, your infant could have an accident, especially if they are learning to crawl or walk. It is important to know when to take them to the doctor and when at home care is enough. Here are some signs you need to take your infant to urgent care.

Crying that Doesn’t Stop

Your infant is likely to cry even with a minor injury, but they should be able to be soothed. If the crying simply won’t stop and your infant cannot be calmed down, it is a sign that they are in significant pain. Since your infant can’t talk to you and tell you where or how much it hurts, constant crying should be addressed with a trip to the doctor for a complete examination.

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When to See a Doctor for Eye Injuries

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

You don’t want to run to the doctor for every accident, but sometimes it can be difficult to know whether or not you should be seen. When these occasions occur, it is a good idea to be on the safe side and see a doctor. Urgent Care is a great way to address these accidents and minor injuries. Some injuries may seem more severe than they really are, such as eye injuries. Here are some basic tips for when to see a doctor for an eye injury.

Change in Vision

Any changes in your vision following an eye injury should be addressed immediately by a physician. These include double vision, seeing spots or floaters, or problems with light. Changes in your vision could be a sign that the eye was severely damaged in the accident.

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Why You Should Seek Treatment After an Auto Accident

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Many auto accidents result in only minor damage, and no one will appear to be seriously injured. Often, people make the mistake of not seeking medical treatment after a minor accident because no injuries are visible or causing pain. However, there are several reasons that you should seek treatment even if you feel fine.

The Rush of Adrenaline

When you are in an auto accident, your body goes into survival mode, releasing high amounts of adrenaline. Adrenaline naturally suppresses pain receptors. This means that you could have a serious injury such as a fracture, but not have any pain or indication of the injury. It can take two to three days for the adrenaline to wear down to the point that you begin to notice your symptoms.

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Wise Ways to Welcome Spring: Handling Outdoor Injuries

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather comes spending more time outdoors. You may be outdoors playing with the kids, gardening, doing some yard work, or working on home improvement projects. Whatever you are doing outside in this beautiful weather always has the potential for injury. While most injuries from outdoor activities are minor, there are times when you need to see a doctor.

Breaks

If you suspect that you have broken a bone, you should see a doctor right away. Avoid putting pressure or weight on the affected limb until you have seen a doctor so that you do not inadvertently make the injury worse. Most broken bones can be diagnosed and set in urgent care or your doctor’s office without need to go to a hospital.

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Tips for Having a Healthy and Safe Winter Season

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The winter season is here, and with it comes cold weather and school break. Whether you are traveling somewhere during this time of year or staying home, you should take some basic precautions to stay safe this season.

Flu Season

Since flu season is here and in full force, you can take some extra steps to help prevent yourself from getting sick. Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing, even if you did so in your elbow. You should carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes with you for quick ways to clean your hands and surfaces. Also, try refraining from touching your face if you come in contact with unclean surfaces.

In addition to good hygiene, maintaining a healthy diet and frequent exercise will help boost your immune system. You should make it a priority to get the right amount of sleep to give your body time to rest and recover. If you do catch the flu this season, be sure to contact a medical professional right away to get proper treatment.

Outdoor Safety

If you don’t live in an area where it snows, you might be traveling elsewhere to experience the winter activities. It is important to wear proper layers when going outside in cold temperatures. If you plan on participating in activities like sledding or skiing, make sure to wear gloves and boots. While you are having fun and getting your heart rate up, don’t forget to stay hydrated and eat. It’s important to get the right nutrients when partaking in physical activities such as snowboarding or trekking through the snow. (more…)

Burn Care 101: Basic First Aid Vs When to Seek Emergency Treatment

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Burns are some of the most common household injuries, so it’s important to become familiar with basic burn first aid and recognize when to seek emergency treatment. The good news is that most burns are minor and can be treated at home, but severe burns pose serious risks and complications. Educate yourself now so you can act appropriately in the future.

An Introduction to Burns

Burns are categorized as being first, second, or third degree. Everything from scalding liquids and fires to excessive sun exposure can cause burns on the skin.

  • First degree burns: affect the top layer of skin with redness, minor swelling and pain

  • Second degree burns: damage extends beyond top layer of skin, causes skin to blister and become very sore

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Enjoy the Fourth of July but be careful around fireworks !!!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Injuries from fireworks are on the rise. Please remember to be careful if you plan to create your own fireworks show !
Following are some safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission :

1. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
2. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
3. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
4. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
5. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
6. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
7. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
8. Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
9. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
10. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Did you know sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit ? Yet we often allow our young kids to hold these. They can easily cause burns.

Summer Sports and Injuries

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Part I
Now that the kids are out of school and families are taking vacations we are all more prone to common musculoskeletal injuries from sports and just plain "horsing around" and playing in the yard.
One of the most common injuries we are seeing at this time of year is an ankle strain :

An ankle strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon in the ankle. An ankle strain is a common injury that occurs when the ankle muscle is stretched or torn. A strain is caused by twisting or pulling of the muscle or tendon and may be caused by playing sports, lifting heavy objects or an injury that causes the foot and ankle to twist inward.

Symptoms of an ankle strain may include pain, muscle spasms, swelling and bruising. The affected ankle is often difficult to move, making it difficult to walk and put pressure on the foot. An ankle strain may be diagnosed through a physical examination and X-rays may be performed to rule out the possibility of a fracture or dislocation. Most ankle strains can be treated through conservative methods such as:

Resting the ankle
Applying ice
Using compression bandages
Elevating the ankle
Taking anti-inflammatory medication
Going to physical therapy
Ankle strains usually heal within 2 to 6 weeks, and most individuals can resume physical activity at this time. Surgery is not usually required to treat an ankle strain. Taping or bracing can help protect the ankle after injury and also helps prevent future injuries from occurring. It is important to take extra precautions after an ankle injury, as some patients may be susceptible to recurring injuries.

Whenever there is doubt consider having a physician evaluate your injury and possibly obtain x-rays to rule out a fracture of the ankle.

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