Playing your favorite team sport or exercising by yourself often feels great – until an injury occurs. An injury can be the result of a specific incident or caused over time. Common causes of sports injuries for adults and children include improperly training, ill-fitting sporting gear, inadequate warm-ups, and/or over-aggressive game play. Acute sports injuries can include fractures, sprains, strains, concussions, and lacerations. Another “injury” can be dehydration. This condition is not considered a conventional injury (as it can be resolved quickly through the intervention of fluids), but it can take you out of the game quickly.
Regardless of the sports injury, an urgent care facility is equipped with the diagnostic equipment (such as X-Ray machines) and medical staff to provide quick, effective, and economical healthcare to patients who need attention quickly and can’t wait for their primary care physician.
Types of Common Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can be classified into two distinct categories: acute and chronic.
Chronic sports injuries – (also called “overuse injuries”). These injuries commonly occur when people engage in a sport that require repetitive motions, such as running or tennis. Chronic injuries develop over time from the “wear and tear” on joints, tendons, and muscles that occur while participating in athletic activities.
Here is a list of common chronic sports injuries:
- Stress fractures
- Tennis elbow
- Groin pulls
- Runner’s knee
- Heel inflammation
- Ankle sprains
- Shin splints
Many people skip pre- and post-stretching for a variety of reasons although this strains the muscles and makes them prone to injury. It is important to warm up your body before high intensity athletic output and also cool down after these sessions to allow your body time to effectively recover. Properly stretching and cooling down after workouts or games will help reduce chronic sports injuries for the active athlete.
It is also important to pay attention to your body and recognize the signs of a new or existing injury. Many injuries are worsened when people ignore the symptoms and do not address the problem. Ignoring the injury often leads to further damage and intensity of the damage. When participating in athletic activities, be aware of how your body is reacting to the level of activity and take breaks or reduce efforts if needed.
Acute sports injuries – Acute injuries occur at once and without warning. Events like changing direction while running, falling during an activity, or colliding with another person will cause this type of injury.
Urgent care clinics are perfect medical centers to treat acute injuries caused by sporting injuries or other types of accidents or events, such as back sprains, muscle tears, sprained ankles, or a fractured hand. The most common sports injuries we see in our three state-of-the-art urgent care clinics in the Houston area are:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated shoulders
- Bone Fractures
- Muscle strains
- Knee injuries
- Rotator cuff tears
Symptoms of an acute injury will occur almost immediately and might take several weeks or months to fully recover with typical signs of any acute damage including:
- Sudden, intense pain in the affected area
- Tenderness in the affected area
- Limited range of motion in the affected area
- Visible bone dislocation or fracturing
Types of Injuries Treated at an Urgent Care Clinic
Most sports injuries are not life-threatening and do not require a trip to the ER, however, they often require immediate medical care and treatment to eliminate acute pain and discomfort. Since most primary care clinics require an advanced appointment and are not open on the weekends, a walk-in medical center is the perfect place to receive professional medical attention to get you out of pain and on the road to recovery quickly and affordably.
Urgent care (or “walk-in”) clinics like Prime Urgent Care provides quick and effective sports injury treatment. Our medical providers have access to diagnostic tools for quick and accurate diagnoses and customized treatment plan (such as X-Rays and in-house testing), and no appointment is ever required to receive medical attention.
Here are some of the major injuries we effectively treat at Prime Urgent Care:
- Simple bone fractures – Fractures that do not break the surface of the skin or bleed. Compound fractures should be treated at an emergency room.
- Lacerations & Wound repair – Wounds that require professional cleaning and stitching to reduce or eliminate infection.
- Sprains – We care for a variety of joint strains and sprains (ankle, shoulder, knee, elbow).
- Allergic reactions – We treat patients with breathing difficulties and reactions caused by non-lethal allergens or substances.
When patients get injured during physical activities or sporting events, they need care quickly to reduce the pain and discomfort from their injury. Often, people will visit the nearest ER room or facility for non-life-threatening-injuries where a visit and treatment can often cost upwards of 10x times what it would at an urgent care clinic.
Emergency rooms are required to be open 24 hours a day and treat severe, life-threatening injuries with doctors, nurses and specialists who are there around the clock. This level of care is why the cost of healthcare at these facilities is so much higher than urgent care.
If you experience a non-life-threatening sports injury, though, find the nearest urgent care clinic with the best (and most) patient reviews, and go there for treatment and care. You will receive professional healthcare often much faster and at a fraction of the cost than at an ER facility.
Advantages of Seeing an Urgent Care Provider
There are many non-life-threatening conditions and injuries that can be effectively handled by an urgent care clinic and does not require a visit to an emergency room. An urgent care center is ideal healthcare provider for treating acute illnesses and injuries that need immediate medical attention yet aren’t medical emergencies.
Prime Urgent Care clinics offer diagnostic services, on-site clinical laboratory services, and perform sports, school, and DOT physicals 7 days a week and late into the evenings on weekdays. Most of our patients are seen and released within an hour of checking in.
Here are additional benefits of visiting Prime Urgent Care after a sports injury.
- An urgent care center is much less expensive than the emergency room.
- Shorter wait times – Patients in emergency rooms are seen in order of need, so you might be waiting a long time if patients with more serious injuries are see before you. At an urgent care clinic, patients are seen in the order they check-in. In fact, Prime Urgent Care diagnoses and treats most of our patients within an hour.
- Urgent care centers are open 7 days a week, open on weekends and evenings, and even open on most major holidays. You also don’t need an appointment to walk into a walk-in center whenever you or a loved one gets injured. Prime Urgent Care also offers online check-in, so you can wait your turn in the comfort of your own home.
- Immediate test results – An urgent care clinic is a great option if you need to get results back quickly and discreetly.
Sports injuries, whether acute or chronic, will limit your involvement in the activities you love. If you get injured, don’t wait – come visit one of our three Houston-area Prime Urgent Care clinics to get treated by a professional healthcare provider quickly so you get on the road to recovery and start feeling better soon.
Prime Urgent Care has teams of licensed specialists who are highly experienced in dealing with non-life-threatening sports injuries. We strive to make quality urgent care convenient and accessible to patients in and around Pearland, Missouri City and Sugar Land in our state-of-the-art clinics. We offer online check-in and Telemedicine services to make appointments as easy as possible while accepting a wide variety of health insurance plans. In addition, we offer some of the lowest self-pay rates in the greater Houston area. Before beginning any treatment, we explain each cost to you, so you are never left in the dark about healthcare costs at our clinics.
Injuries can strike you at any time, so visit us when you or someone you know needs urgent medical care. Prime Urgent Care is open from Monday to Friday (8:00 AM to 8:00 PM) and on weekends (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM). To schedule an appointment call (713) 340-3111 or visit us at https://primeuc.com/.