A cut or break in the skin is called a laceration. The cut may be near the surface of the skin or deeper. It can also be smooth or jagged depending on its cause. Based on the depth of the laceration, it can affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves or blood vessels.

If your laceration is bleeding profusely, you may need to go to the emergency room. For any of the following symptoms, please visit one of our offices:

  • The cut is large or more than 1/4 inch deep
  • You received an animal bite
  • An object is lodged in the wound – do not remove it
  • The object causing the injury was rusty
  • You have not had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years

One of our medical providers will decide on the best course of treatment.