In the United States, approx. 6.3 million fractures occur each year, and over 40% of these are at home incidents. Broken bones are a common occurrence, especially among children and people who play sports regularly. There are about 3.5 million visits made to emergency rooms for fractures each year. Broken bones may not be life-threatening but can cause a lifetime of complications. (OSU.EDU, 2020) What Constitutes a Broken Bone? A broken bone or bone fracture is a medical … [Read more...] about How to Know if a Bone is Broken
The COVID-19 has made people rethink their choices on comingling with others — how often they go to the grocery store, parks, schools – any public spaces. However, one thing COVID19 shouldn’t do is seeking medical care in a healthcare emergency and making a visit to the ER. Having said that, we understand many have unsettling feelings about ER visits. Every medical emergency is stressful, still one during a pandemic can bring even more concern. Will the ER staff be available to treat me? … [Read more...] about Emergency Room Visits During COVID-19
A fall resulting in injury can cost a life. Alarming statistics tell us that globally, an estimated 646,000 fatal falls occur each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury death, after road traffic injuries. (WHO 2018) By definition, a fall is defined as an unplanned descend to the floor, ground or other lower surface with or without injury to the patient. Anyone who falls is at risk of injury but factors like age, gender, and existing medical conditions affect the … [Read more...] about Is My Fall An Emergency?
We Texans love our sports. We love to watch them and cheer on our favorite teams and players. But we also love to play them ourselves. And sometimes on the field, on the court, or in the rink, accidents happen. Sports-related injuries range from very minor bruises to potentially life-threatening accidents. When an injury is serious enough to require emergency medical treatment it’s imperative that you know that it’s time to go. Should We Go To The ER? There are 5 major types of … [Read more...] about When Is a Sports Injury and Emergency?
Accidents happen and sometimes those accidents result in broken bones. Normally when a bone fracture occurs you will notice some of the following: BruisingSwellingDeformity Of these three, deformity is by far the most obvious sign that you’ve broken something. Simple breaks such as fingers or wrists may be ok being treated at a local urgent care. However, breaks that involve areas such as the ribs, spine, skull, face, pelvis and major arm and leg bones are definitely worth a trip to … [Read more...] about Broken Bones