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Minor Injuries Specialist

Whether you’ve cut your finger preparing dinner at home or been bitten by an unfriendly dog at the park, the medical team at Centric Urgent Care offers prompt, affordable, and same-day treatment. A visit to our office is quicker and less costly than a marathon wait in the hospital emergency room.

Minor Injuries Q & A

Centric Urgent Care

What is a minor injury?

Minor wounds typically aren't serious, but it’s important that they’re treated promptly and correctly to prevent infection. If you already suspect an infection is present, come to the office for an evaluation. Signs of infection are: increased pain, redness or swelling around the wound, oozing yellow-colored pus, and fever. Medical attention should also be sought if the wound is deep, you can’t close it yourself, can’t stop the bleeding or get the dirt out.

Common types of minor injuries we see in our office include:
#  Animal bites
#   Bruises
#   Burns
#   Dislocations
#   Electrical injuries
#   Fractures
#   Sprains and strains

What are the different types of burns?

Burns occur when skin and other tissues are damaged or destroyed as a result of contact with something hot, from sizzling cooking oil to sun rays. Burns are among the most common household injuries. Symptoms range from moderate to severe and can include: pain, redness, swelling and blisters. There are three types of burns:
#   First-degree burns are painful but minor. They turn red and may swell.
#   Second-degree burns can form blisters. The skin may be extremely red and painful.
#   Third-degree burns make the skin look white or charred. The burns may not hurt because nerves have been damaged

Burns can cause scarring. Because of the damage to your skin’s protective layer, burns can also lead to infection. For that reason, treatment for burns can involve antibiotic creams.

What’s the difference between a sprain and strain?

Sprains and strains are common injuries. Here’s how to tell the difference: A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament. That’s the tough tissue that connects bones and supports the joints. Sprains are most common in the wrist or ankle. They can cause pain, bruising, and swelling with limited mobility in the joint. A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, which is the thick tissue that attaches muscles to bones. Strains cause pain, weakness, swelling, and muscle cramps, and may make it difficult to move the muscle.

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