Injury Treatments Questions and Answers
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An injury is defined as any harm, damage, or impairment caused to the body. There are many different types of injuries, from cuts to burns to fractures. Physical injuries are often described as trauma and typically come from an external source, such as an impact. Everyone experiences many injuries throughout their life, the majority of them minor. Fortunately, there are medical professionals who dedicate their practice to treating injuries and are experienced at handling a diverse amount of situations.
What are the different types of injury?
There are many different types of injuries, from acute to chronic to overuse. They include:
Soft Tissue Injury — These include trauma to any soft tissue in the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and other connective tissues. These include dislocations, arthritis, lesions, strains and sprains.
Bone Injury — These include damage to the bones, such as fractures.
Skin Injury — Although skin is considered a soft tissue, because there are so many types of injuries that can occur to the skin (cuts, burns, bruises), it has its own category. Other skin injuries include blisters, abrasions, lacerations, calluses and corns.
Overuse Injury — Overuse injuries occur when an action is performed repeatedly or is sustained for too long. These include wear and tear of joints (which can lead to arthritis), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), stress fractures and shoulder impingements.
What are 5 warning signs of an injury?
There are 5 signs that indicate an injury:
Pain — The most commonly associated sign of an injury is pain, which can range in type and intensity. Sometimes pain can be fleeting, like when stubbing your toe. Other times it can linger for days, which should be evaluated by a professional as soon as possible.
Swelling — Another sign indicative of an injury is swelling, which is part of the body’s healing response. Swelling is easily noticeable, as the injured area enlarges, sometimes even doubling in size.
Tenderness to the Touch — Although it can be easily confused with pain, tenderness to the touch refers to pain upon palpation, and may not be perceptible without applying pressure to the injured area.
Limited Movement — Due to swelling, inflammation and pain, joints can lose their range of motion when injured. This can result in not being able to clench a fist or lift an arm above the head.
Numbness — Losing sensation or a tingling feeling is another telltale sign of an injury and should be addressed right away, especially if it persists for more than a few hours.
How do you know an injury is serious?
An injury may be considered serious if any of the following apply:
- Joint swelling, locking, or instability
- Visible deformity or mass in arms, legs, joints
- Inability to move a joint, arm, or leg
- Inability to stand or walk
- Back or neck pain, especially if numbness, weakness, or pain that runs down the arm or leg is also present
- Pain that does not go away
- Pain that disrupts daily activity or sleep
- Localized pain that worsens over time or with sustained activity
- Pain or other symptoms that do not go away even with at-home treatment and over-the-counter pain medicine
When should you go to the doctor for an injury?
If any of the signs or symptoms of an injury indicate that it is serious (see above question), it may be recommended to visit the doctor. Even if an injury is mild, it should still be evaluated by a medical professional. In the best-case scenario, the evaluating physician will tell you that you are fine and may recommend over-the-counter pain-relievers to manage discomfort. In other cases, they may detect damage that is unnoticeable to the untrained eye and can prescribe a prompt plan of treatment. By treating an injury early on, it assures the most promising prognosis and most complete recovery.
What types of injuries does Oak Park Urgent Care treat?
Oak Park Urgent Care treats a wide range of different injuries, including:
- Burn Management
- Foreign Body Removal
- Nose Bleeds
- Eye Injuries
- Fractures, Dislocations, Strains, and Sprains
- Minor Surgical Procedures: I&D Abscess, Fishhook Removal
- Work-Related Injuries
- Wound Repair: Lacerations (cuts), Abrasions (scrapes), the,5 signs indicate clinch and Splinters
- Automobile Accident Care
- And many more!
If you do not see an injury listed here for which you require care, please call Oak Park Urgent Care and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.
If you or someone you love has been injured, come to Oak Park Urgent Care for quality treatment today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating a wide variety of injuries, both acute and chronic, and can help you on the road to recovery. Call us today to book an appointment. We serve patients from Oak Park MI, Huntington Woods MI, Pleasant Ridge MI, Ferndale MI, Madison Heights MI, Southfield MI, Lathrup Village MI, Berkley MI, Clawson MI, Birmingham MI, Warren MI, Troy MI, and Detroit MI.
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