Depending on the kind of injury suffered, physical trauma can range from the following options:
Bumps and Bruises
Have you ever bumped into a piece of furniture or taken a tumble and found yourself with a painful bump or a colorful bruise? These common types of physical trauma can occur daily or during physical activities. While often minor, we understand how uncomfortable and inconvenient they can be.
Bumps are typically caused by a blunt force, such as a collision with a hard surface. This sudden impact can cause a raised area on your skin. On the other hand, bruises or contusions result from an injury that causes small blood vessels under the skin to bleed, leading to discoloration on the skin's surface.
Common causes of bumps and bruises vary widely but often include slips and fall, accidentally bumping into hard objects or incidents related to sports or physical activities. These events can lead to direct trauma to the skin and underlying tissues, resulting in the characteristic bump or bruise.
Symptoms accompanying bumps and bruises can include pain, swelling, and discoloration in the affected area. While bumps usually resolve on their own, bruises may take longer to heal and can vary in color from red and purple to blue and yellow as they heal.
Our experienced healthcare providers will thoroughly assess your condition, considering your symptoms and the cause of the injury. With a combination of physical examination and, if needed, imaging tests, they will determine the extent of your injury.
Pain relief is a priority in our treatment approach. Depending on your specific situation, we might recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, ice applications, or rest. In more severe cases, additional treatments may be required.
Strains and Sprains
Have you ever heard of strains, sprains, and fractures? These are other types of physical trauma that can happen to your muscles, ligaments, or bones.
Strains: A strain is a stretch or tear in a muscle or tendon. It usually occurs when these tissues are overstretched or overused. Symptoms include pain, muscle spasms, and swelling.
Sprains: A sprain refers to a stretch or tear in a ligament, which connects two bones. This typically happens when a joint is forced out of its normal position. Symptoms include pain, bruising, swelling, and limited ability to move the joint.
Fractures: Unlike strains and sprains, a fracture implies a cracked or broken bone. This injury might also damage the surrounding joints and ligaments. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and deformity.
Common causes include falls, sudden twists, or blows to the body. These injuries can also occur during sports or other physical activities.
It's important to seek prompt treatment for strains, sprains, and fractures. Carolina Urgent Care is here to help manage these conditions. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your injury, provide pain relief, and may perform diagnostic tests like x-rays to determine the extent of the injury. Based on the diagnosis, we will develop a treatment plan to promote healing and help you regain function and mobility.
Dislocations can be a painful and distressing experience. A dislocation occurs when the bones in a joint are forced out of their normal position. This can happen due to accidents, falls, or sports-related injuries.
Common symptoms of a dislocation include severe pain, swelling, deformity in the joint, and difficulty moving the affected area. The joint may also feel unstable or loose.
If a dislocation is left untreated, it can lead to complications such as damage to surrounding tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. That's why it's crucial to seek immediate medical attention.
At Carolina Urgent Care, we understand the urgency of dislocations. Our experienced healthcare providers will assess your condition, perform any necessary diagnostic tests like x-rays, and expertly manipulate the joint to put it back in its proper place.
We prioritize your comfort and will provide pain relief during the procedure. Once the joint is successfully relocated, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to support your recovery.