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Common injuries treated at Urgent Care centers

Injuries happen when you least expect them. That’s why we’re here for you 7 days a week with X-ray services at all centers for immediate diagnosis, treatment plans and quality injury care. Walk in or save your spot online and we’ll take it from there.

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Common injuries: Fractures, Sprains, and Strains

Whether you sprain your ankle on a rock climbing expedition or walking to your car from the office - we’re here for you! Our experienced providers have seen it all and can diagnosis, treat, and provide referrals to a specialist if more follow-up care is necessary. 

With x-ray capabilities at most centers, healing supplies such as slings and crutches, and little-to-no wait times - you’ll be back on your expedition (or to work) in no time!

What are fractures?

A fracture usually happens when your bone is exposed to more force than it’s designed to handle. It can fracture lengthwise, crosswise or in multiple places. You may hear a snapping sound when it happens, notice redness, swelling and bruising, and may even have a physical deformity at the fracture site. Below are four different types of fractures: 

  1. Compression fracture: A complete fracture in which the bone breaks under pressure. 
  2. Hairline fracture: An incomplete fracture in which the bone is broken in a thin crack.
  3. Segmental fracture: A complete fracture in which the bone is broken in two places and leaves at least one segment of bone unattached and floating. 
  4. Single fracture: A complete fracture in which the bone is broken in one place and into two pieces. 

GoHealth Urgent Care is equipped to determine whether you have a sprain, strain or fracture and what type it is, so it can be treated properly. Appropriate fracture treatment depends on type and location. The goal is to stabilize broken pieces so they can heal properly. Sometimes, a cast is used to help make sure things stay in place.

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Treatment for bruises, burns, cuts and scrapes

From kitchen accidents to falls at the playground - injuries happen everyday! Injury care is our specialty, We treat minor cuts, scrapes, and wounds with stitches and skin glue, as well as burns at all of our centers. Don’t spend extra time and money at the Emergency Room - visit your neighborhood GoHealth Urgent Care.

Types of bruises and causes

Bruises, or contusions, are incredibly common. They happen when blood collects under the surface as a result of damaged vessels. Types of bruises include: 

  • Black eye: When you get hit in the face, blood accumulates and causes swelling and discoloration around the eye.
  • Hematoma: A collection of blood outside of the vessels that results in swelling, pain, severe bruising, and skin and tissue damage. It’s most common after a traumatic event.
  • Petechiae: These looks like tiny red dots that don’t turn white when you press on them.
  • Purpura: A common bruise that may involve a small amount of bleeding underneath the skin. 
  • Senile purpura: Bruising that occurs more easily as a result of aging and thinning, dry and more sensitive skin.

What other common injuries can be treated at an urgent care?

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While minor burns can sometimes be treated at home, some burns may need wound dressings and therapy following first aid treatment. Severe burns may require an ER visit and might require being transferred to a burn center for the best care.

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Concussions can happen to anyone and they typically require an urgent care visit to ensure a higher level of care isn’t necessary. A concussion is a brain injury that happens as a result of violent shaking or a blow to the head, such as in a fall or collision. After a full examination, physical and mental rest are often part of treatment.

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Eye Injuries

We often see mild eye injuries like a scratched cornea, a foreign particle in your eye, a subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding eyes), or swelling. Severe eye injuries may require a visit to the optometrist for more specialized care.

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