A minute ago, you were in the thick of a flag football game. Now, you’re in severe pain. You were nearing the end zone when your foot slid on a muddy patch, and one leg went out from under you in an awkward, unnatural splits. Now, you’re sidelined, and your left leg is screaming with pain. You need immediate medical help for your strain, sprain or fracture, but it’s Sunday, and your physician’s office is closed. Your best option for emergency treatment is the nearest urgent care clinic.
Strains, Sprains and Fractures
Strains occur in muscles or in the connective tendons linking muscles and bones. At the moment of injury, you may actually feel a popping sensation as the tissue tears. Among the most common sites of sprains are the back and the hamstring in the back of the thigh, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Besides pain, symptoms of strain include swelling, muscle spasms or difficulty moving the affected area.
Sprains occur primarily in the ligaments that connect the bones at your joints. You are more likely to sprain your knee or your ankle than any other joint in your body. When you sprain something, you tear the ligament to varying degrees. Your joint may swell rapidly directly following the injury. It will be painful, and difficult or impossible to use.
A fracture is called complete when the bone is totally separated and incomplete when the bone is only partially broken. Unless you have a compound fracture with the bone piercing your skin, it is hard to know the extent of your injury. Symptoms of fracture are similar to those of a strain or a sprain.
First Aid for Strains, Sprains and Fractures
These three injuries present in similar ways. If you have a compound fracture, you should cover the wound and head for the hospital. Otherwise, get a ride to the urgent care facility as soon as possible where they can take x-rays if needed. Once the urgent care physicians have diagnosed your injury, they will provide appropriate treatment. Meanwhile, you should keep weight off your injured limb and stay warm.
Emergency Care in the Houston Area
If your injury occurs in the greater Houston area, we can help. At Prime Urgent Care, located in Pearland, we provide excellence in emergency care on a walk-in basis, seven days a week. We’re here for you when you need immediate diagnosis and treatment, and we accept most major health insurance coverage. Contact us at our convenient Pearland location today to learn more.