Wound Care Clinic Questions and Answers
Have you recently hurt yourself causing a wound? An old wound not healing properly or becoming infected? Come to AFC Urgent Care today, our experienced doctors and trained staff are available to help you with any minor recent or old wound! Our trained wound care specialists can help develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Call today or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5825 Kanan Road Unit B Agoura Hills, CA 91301.
Wound care is an especially important job, as people are wounded every day. Whether it’s caused from an accident or an injury, a scrape or a cut, wounds need to be treated properly to prevent infection. If you have sustained an infliction, come to AFC Urgent Care today!
Does urgent care treat cuts?
When you sustain a run-of-the-mill cut on your finger, arm, or ankle, you’re probably accustomed to covering it up with an adhesive bandage and letting your body heal this wound on its own. But with larger cuts, additional medical care may be necessary. If you’re dealing with a particularly deep cut, are stitches always necessary? And where should you go for treatment? We’re answering those questions today.
How do I know if my cut needs stitches?
While it’s best to seek out the professional opinion of medical personnel to determine whether a wound needs stitches, there are a few hallmarks to look for. Your cut may need stitches if:
- The cut or area feels numb
- The cut is very deep, long, jagged, or gaping
- The cut keeps bleeding or won’t close, even after direct pressure is applied
- The cut is located on the face, genitalia, or other sensitive area
- The cut occurred from a bite or a foreign object
- The cut is located over a joint
- The cut presents cosmetic concerns
However, you may not need stitches if the cut is a puncture wound or the cut is very shallow and has smooth edges. As we mentioned, it’s best to seek out medical attention if you are unsure.
If you’ve determined that your cut is serious enough for stitches, you may be wondering where you should go for care. The type of medical treatment you seek for stitches really depends on the circumstances: namely, how serious the cut is and where it’s located. If you need a diagnosis, come to AFC Urgent Care today!
What does a wound care clinic do?
Wound care specialists do not perform standard check-ups or treat the common cold, unlike their primary care counterparts. They focus entirely on the treatment and management of wounds.
Treating wounds requires so much more than gauze and bandages. Wound care specialists are experts in providing high-quality, comfortable care that is customized to your unique physical needs:
- Ulcers (arterial, pressure, venous insufficiency, diabetic)
- Radiation injury
- Diabetic complications
- Surgical wounds
Wound care specialists employ wound care treatments that typical doctors aren’t trained or qualified to perform. Because you can benefit from the following specialized treatments and procedures, placing your care in the hands of a wound care specialist maximizes your chances of long-term healing:
- Bioengineered skin
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Incision and drainage
- Negative pressure-assisted wound closure
- Post-surgical incision management
- Skin grafting
- Unna Boot
- Total contact casting
Wound care specialists have handled wounds of all kinds and know exactly how to respond to your own wound with the speed and efficiency required to protect your health.
What type of doctor treats wound care?
Wound care doctors can branch out from many different professions. These care teams may consist of an anesthesiologist, physical or occupational therapist, pain management specialist, orthopedic physician, doctor, nurse, and other specialty physicians. At AFC Urgent Care, our doctors and wound care specialists have extensive experience with treating a vast range of different wounds, injuries, and illnesses. It can be frustrating dealing with a wound that will not heal, which is why we create personalized treatments designed to reduce pain, avoid infection, and stimulate faster recovery. We are experienced in treating virtually every type of wound including abrasions, lacerations, punctures, and more.
If you or someone you know has sustained an infliction that has caused an open wound, do not hesitate to get it treated today! At AFC Urgent Care, we have expertly trained wound care specialists to help you treat and dress your wound. We serve patients from Agoura Hills CA, Westlake Village CA, Calabasas CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Malibu CA, Santa Monica CA, and Moorpark CA.