A Brief Outline of Broken Bone Care
Our skeletal system is resilient. It’s what keeps us upright and stable, gives us the ability to be mobile and protects our vital organs. Although our bones are strong, they aren’t infallible. With enough pressure or force, our bones can snap or break. A broken bone is nothing to laugh about. In fact, bone fractures should be taken as seriously as possible. Anything from a broken finger to a broken ankle can put a roadblock in your life. That’s why Country Club Urgent Care Center is here to help. You may be wondering what exactly goes into broken bone care; for that reason, we’ve compiled a brief description of the most common broken bones as well as what you can expect from our broken bone care services. As your urgent care center, we’re always ready to help.
Broken Ankle: How To Treat
As some of the most common injuries, broken ankles can occur when you least expect them. Maybe you were on your way to the grocery store and you tripped, landing on the wrong side and impacting your ankle. Or perhaps you were playing your weekly game of basketball only to twist your ankle after a miscalculated turn. No matter the cause, you’ll more than likely realize something’s wrong with your ankle almost immediately after a fracture happens. A few of the most common symptoms of an ankle fracture include immediate pain in this area, ankle and leg swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
As such, an ankle fracture can severely impede your daily activities. Even walking to your car or driving can become difficult. Whether you work in retail or in an office, a broken ankle will limit your ability to move freely. Regardless, it’s necessary to make sure you’ve taken care of the injury the right way. This is where Country Club Urgent Care Center comes into play. Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may require a splint or a brace, a cast or boot, or surgery. As soon as your injury occurs, however, it’s necessary to elevate the ankle and apply ice to the injured area. By doing these two simple acts, you’ll do your part in decreasing the swelling while preventing additional injuries to occur.
Broken Arm: What to Do
Broken arms tend to be more common among children and the elderly, but they can still occur to adults. Regardless of your age at the time of the fracture, a broken bone will often require a cast in order to treat it. Much like other fractures, broken arms require immobilization in order to restrict the movement of the broken bone. This way, the bone will be able to heal. Immobilization is critical for successful healing, but it’s not something you should expect the moment you break your arm. In fact, your doctor may wait about a week before placing the cast over your injured arm. This way, the swelling will go down. But don’t worry, you won’t have to walk around for a week with a broken arm. Your doctor will more than likely provide a splint for you to wear. A broken arm doesn’t always look like its broken. In fact, to anyone else, your broken arm may look exactly like your non-injured arm. But if someone were to bump into your broken arm or even if someone tried shaking your hand, you’ll feel a lot of pain radiating from your injury. As such, it’s best to seek medical care as soon as your injury takes place. This way, you can go about your life as you normally would and you’ll be on your path towards healing sooner rather than later. If your work requires you to type all day long or you need to write notes for class, then your injury may impede your abilities, depending on which arm is injured. In time, your injured arm will have healed and you’ll be able to return to your life as you’re used to it!
Broken Finger: Even Small Injuries Need Attention
When comparing a broken finger to broken arms and ankles, the former may not seem as drastic. But if you’ve ever broken a finger, you’ll undoubtedly know how big of a deal it can be. These injuries can occur while playing sports (catching a football wrong and jamming your finger, for example). As usual, you’ll feel pain immediately after the injury occurs. Depending on the severity of the injury, the finger may be deformed or bone may be exposed. If you’re unable to use your finger after the injury or if the finger becomes numb, then seek medical care as soon as possible. You can apply ice to the injured finger but make sure to not apply the ice directly to the skin; instead, put a towel between the ice and your finger. You can make a homemade splint to immobilize your finger, anything from a popsicle stick to a pen can work. You can wrap something around the splint and finger to keep the splint in place. Make sure to wrap loosely, as a tight wrap can lead to even more swelling. And, as always, keep the injured finger elevated. Remember, this makeshift splint shouldn’t be your only method of care, it should just be a way to care for the injury in the interim. Make sure to visit Country Club Urgent Care Center after your finger injury so we can provide the broken bone care you deserve.
Broken Bone Care from Countr Club Urgent Care Center
Whether you’ve broken your arm, ankle, or finger, Country Club Urgent Care Center can help. Give us a call today to learn more about our broken bone care services.