Injury Care Doctor in Agoura Hills, CA
If you are injured and require urgent care, come to AFC Urgent Care and visit our injury care doctor. We have the tools to help you get back on your feet. Schedule an appointment online with one of our professionals today or give us a call for more information.
Injuries come in all shapes and sizes and their severity often varies greatly. They can range from small cuts to large wounds, and although their care does differ, the general treatment is typically the same: diagnose, treat, dress, prevent. The diagnosis involves the cause and complications; treating it often comes with topical ointments; dressing is the bandaging of the infliction to prevent infection speed the healing process, and prevention ranges from preventative measures for the future, or from further complications arising.
Can urgent care treat fractures?
A broken bone—or a bone fracture in formal orthopedic terms, is a medical condition where there is damage in the continuity of a bone. These fractures are classified into many different kinds; the most common ones are the closed, open or compound, spiral, impacted, transverse, and oblique fractures.
Compound fractures— Compound fractures are the easiest to diagnose because of their obvious appearance, where the bones are exposed and involve wounds that communicate with the fracture.
Closed fractures — Closed fractures are extremely painful and hard to diagnose. They may be misdiagnosed by the ordinary person either as a dislocated joint or another lesser injury. If a person has a visibly misshapen or out-of-place limb, experiences any bruising, swelling, or bleeding on the affected area, feels any tingling or numbness, and has limited or nonexistent mobility in that area, they may have a broken bone.
Should you see a doctor after an accident?
Oftentimes, after an accident, a person might feel so overwhelmed by the shock of what just occurred that adrenaline takes over, blocking out the pain. Unfortunately, this means many tend to not seek the medical care they need. Remember, even if you are not feeling any pain in the immediate aftermath of an accident does not mean you are not injured. In fact, symptoms can take hours, days, or even weeks before they finally manifest, which is why it is imperative that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Doing so will protect your health and wellbeing.
Further injury: You might not experience much pain or symptoms in the moments following a motor vehicle accident, but this does not mean you are not injured. For example, victims who suffer head injuries, including hematoma or hemorrhage, can experience fatal consequences if these conditions are not detected right away.
How are accident injuries treated?
Injuries can be treated with the commonly known RICE treatment: rest, ice, compression and elevation. However, there is a lesser known treatment, and despite its name, is still a viable option for vegans. Let’s breakdown M.E.A.T. and why it is important:
Movement: Movement is key because it puts a small amount of load on the ligament, helping the new tissue grow in an organized fashion. It’s vital for this movement to be gentle. Respect your pain tolerance.
Movement also enhances flushing of lymph and blood. This removes debris and brings in new, nutrient-rich blood.
Exercise: This is put into practice once the pain level has diminished and movement of the injured area has increased. Depending on the injured structure, exercise can be focused on extended or shortening muscles. Again, respect your pain level and boundaries.
Exercise will help increase circulation, adding fresh blood to and removing debris from the damaged tissue.
Analgesia: This is where herbal recommendations and nutrition advice can help provide natural remedies for pain relief. Natural pain killers that have been known to help manage pain include ginger, turmeric, capsaicin, valerian root, magnesium, and boswellia.
However, it takes a consistent intake to start feeling the results.
Treatment: Implementing early therapy, both manual and passive, depends on how acute the injury is. This can include joint mobilization, acupuncture, soft tissue release, laser, ice, heat, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), and more.
Every injury is different and requires an individualized strategy.
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury and needs treatment, come to AFC Urgent Care today! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!