Fractures are broken bones that require medical assistant right away. They can be extremely painful and, if left untreated, can cause serious and permanent health concerns.
Thankfully, four out of five urgent care centers provide fracture care. It’s important to know how to identify fractures, however, in order to receive the right medical attention.
Keep in mind, just because a minor fracture has occurred, that doesn’t mean you should just calmly drive yourself or someone else who was injured to an urgent care facility. You should call 911 immediately if the fracture consists of heavy bleeding, deformed joints or limbs, the bone has pierced the skin, there is a bluish color at the injured extremity, or the fracture occurred in the head, neck, or back.
Here is what you should do if you have suffered a broken bone or if someone you’re with suffered a fracture:
- Treat for shock — If you or the injured person is feeling faint or experiencing shortness of breath due to the injury, lay down and elevate the legs if possible.
- Stop the bleeding — Apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or sterile bandage. If you don’t have a sterile bandage or any cloth at the place of the injury, you can stop the bleeding with a clean piece of clothing.
- Limit the swelling — Apply ice to the injured area in order to stop the swelling and relieve the pain. Keep in mind, you should never apply ice directly to the skin. Instead, wrap the ice in a piece of cloth or material and gently apply.
- Immobilize the fractured area — Make sure you aren’t moving or trying to realign the bone that’s sticking out because this can cause permanent damage and extreme pain. Unfortunately, unless you’ve been trained on how to splint a fractured area, you might need to wait for professional assistance at an urgent care center to correctly immobile the injured area.
If you want to learn more about taking care of minor fractures and visit a trusted urgent care center, give Island Urgent Care a visit right away.