Injuries happen to everyone at some point throughout their lives. Thankfully, most injuries are minor and heal on their own without medical intervention. However, some injuries can be severe, requiring immediate medical attention and in some cases hospitalization. Even if an injury seems minor, it is important to have it evaluated by a medical professional, as even seemingly insignificant injuries can develop into more serious complications.
What is considered minor trauma?
Minor trauma is the result of an injury and is typically mild in nature. While medical attention may be required, a visit to the emergency room is often not necessary. Common minor trauma injuries include:
– Lacerations or wounds on the skin that may require stitches
– Injuries involving the feet, ankles, legs and knees
– Injuries involving wrists, elbows, arms and shoulders
– Fractures, sprains, and strains and other sports injuries
– First degree burns that are small in size and do not occur on the face, hands or feet
When should you contact EMS or go to the Emergency Room?
It is imperative to receive emergency medical care as soon as possible when experiencing any of the following:
– Any life or limb threatening illness
– Sudden loss of vision
– Electrical shock
– Possible heart attack (symptoms such as chest pain, weakness, feeling faint or light-headed, pain in one or both arms, shortness of breath)
– Possible stroke (symptoms such as sudden onset of clumsiness, weakness, difficulty speaking or paralysis)
– Severe burns
– Severe or open fractures
– Pregnancy complications
– Choking or drowning
– Severe heart palpitations
– Chest pain
– Severe abdominal pain
– Drug overdose or accidental poisoning
– Severe head injury
– Confusion or altered mental status
– Conditions that may lead to loss of life
– Conditions that may lead to loss of limb
What are some injuries and minor trauma that can be treated?
Most injuries and minor trauma can be treated, although in mild cases, a full recovery may occur without medical intervention. A list of injuries that can be treated include:
- Bites (Insect, Spider, Animal bite)
- High Blood Pressure
- Canker Sores
- High Cholesterol
- Cough or Wheezing
- Ear Infection
- Ear Lavage
- Eye Infection
- Flu or COVID
- Fractures and Sprains
- Heartburn/Acid Reflux
- HIV pre-or post-exposure treatment
- Injuries and Minor Trauma
- Joint Pain
- Motion Sickness
- Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Pink Eye
- Poison Ivy and Poison oak
- Minor dermatologic and skin care
- Respiratory Infection
- Sinus Infection
- Sore Throat/Strep Throat
- Skin Infections
- Skin Tags
- Urinary Tract Infections/Bladder Infections
Do you need to have a follow-up appointment after you are treated for your injury?
In order to ensure proper healing and recovery, it is essential to schedule a follow-up appointment with a physician. After receiving treatment for an injury or illness, patients are encouraged to follow-up with their primary care physician, and they are also welcome to visit Rapid City Healthcare for a follow-up appointment. A follow-up medical evaluation is essential to proper healing and short recovery times.
Whether you have sustained a cut, burn or soft tissue injury, the caring professionals at Rapid City Healthcare are here to help. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care at each and every visit and strive to improve each patient’s health and quality of life. Call us today to book an appointment. We serve patients from Irving TX, Euless TX, Grand Prairie TX, Bedford TX, Arlington TX, Dallas TX, Flower Mound TX, Carrollton TX, Coppell TX, Grapevine TX, Farmers Branch TX, and Fort Worth TX. Looking forward to serve you!