Injuries can occur with little to no warning and can throw a wrench in the course of a normal day. At Family Urgent Care in Columbus, Mount Vernon, and Bellefontaine, Ohio, Syed Naqvi, MD, leads a team of medical professionals who can determine the extent of your injury and get you on a path toward relief. Walk-in appointments are always available, or you can call the office or schedule a visit online for less urgent needs.
What are some common injuries?
The human body is truly an astounding thing, with complexities and abilities that are difficult to fully appreciate. That complexity also means there are numerous ways to injure your body, and virtually everyone will experience occasional injuries as they move through the stages of life.
Some of the more common injuries you might experience include:
- Strains and sprains
- Muscle tears
- Skin abrasions
Joint injuries are among the most common types of injury. Your joints consist of a network of bones, muscles, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Damage to any of these components can lead to significant pain and limited joint mobility.
When should I seek medical care for injuries?
Many minor injuries can be treated at home using the RICE method. RICE stands for rest, icing, compression, and elevation. If you suffer from a minor injury and aren’t in significant pain, try this method at home to see if your condition improves quickly.
If an injury causes significant pain or bleeding that doesn’t stop after a short period of compression, coming into Family Urgent Care for a thorough diagnostic assessment is a good idea.
If your discomfort doesn’t subside after a few hours of self-care, or if swelling and bruising worsen significantly, it may be time to seek professional help.
Some injuries may seem minor at first, then develop into a more serious problem over time. That’s especially true for joint injuries, which can worsen if left untreated. Coming in for a quick diagnostic workup is the best way to ensure that your body heals without additional damage.
What can I do to prevent common injuries?
When it comes to common injuries, the old adage applies: An ounce of prevention really can be worth a pound of cure. It’s important to take steps to reduce your risk of injury, regardless of your age or level of physical activity.
Athletes and fitness enthusiasts of any age should always wear the proper protective gear for their chosen activity. It’s important to avoid training or play that extends beyond your body’s capabilities to reduce the risk of injury.
Preventing falls is another way to reduce your risk of injury. Fall prevention is often considered part of elder care, but anyone can suffer a serious strain, sprain, or fracture if they fall. Take a few moments to assess your living environment to search for things that increase your risk of falls, like loose carpet edges, electrical cords, or clutter left on the floor.
Even the best precautions won’t avoid every potential injury. If you’re injured and searching for your next steps, call Family Urgent Care to set up a visit or book online today. Walk-in visits are also available as needed.
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