Unfortunately injuries are a part of life. They vary from minor sprains, strains, and cuts, to major traumatic injuries that require surgery and hospitalization. Many injuries can be prevented. Injury prevention varies, depending on what type of activities you are involved in. Injuries can be related to sports, household activities, car accidents, slips and falls, work, or just everyday activities like playing at the park with your children.
If you do get injured, Immediate Clinic is here to help.
Breaks & Fractures
The most common signs of a fracture are:
When you get to the clinic:
The doctor will examine you and most likely order and x-ray to see if there is a break or fracture.
If you suspect a broken bone, visit the doctor immediately.
Sprains & Strains
Sprains and strains can occur anytime during a variety of activities. Symptoms of mild to moderate muscle strains are usually gone within a few weeks. More severe strains may take months to heal.
You should seek medical care if:
- The pain does not subside.
- You experience numbness in the affected area.
- Movement is very difficult.
Through physical examination and imaging tests, our physicians can determine the extent of your injury. Please schedule an appointment today.
There are three classifications for burns:
- 1st degree burns are the least serious.
- 2nd degree burns involve the 1st and 2nd layers of skin.
- 3rd degree burns are the most serious and involve all layers of skin, including fat and potentially muscle.
First degree burns only involve the outer layer of skin. Typically, the skin is red and there may be some pain and swelling. Unless substantial portions of skin are involved in the burn, it can be treated as minor.
Second degree burns involve the first and second layers of skin. Blisters will develop and the skin will be intensely red with severe pain. If possible, cover the burn with a cool, moist cloth or towel and seek medical help.
Third degree burns cause permanent skin damage. In this instance, the skin may be charred black or appear dry and white. Third degree burns are medical emergencies. If possible, the burn should be covered with a cool, moist cloth or towel.
Sometimes cuts or wounds occur, and we are unsure if it needs to be closed by a doctor. A cut is any wound that goes through the skin. The skin or dermis (to use the medical term) is about 1/8 inch thick. Any cut that is gaping or split open may need stitches. Ideally, to prevent infections, the wound should be closed as soon as possible.
If you receive a cut, apply pressure to the cut area with a clean, dry cloth. Bleeding should stop within ten minutes. If the cut is more than 1/2 inch long or 1/4 inch deep, please schedule an appointment at one of our local clinics.
Our Neighborhood Walk-In Clinic is:
- Walk-in friendly
- Open 7-days a week 8am-8pm
- In-network for most Washington insurers
- Open extended hours
- Has X-Ray and Lab onsite
- Staffed by Doctors, Phhysician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners