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Sprained Ankle, or Fractured Ankle?

Sprained Ankle, or Fractured Ankle?

A very common injury we see at Xpress Urgent Care is sprained or broken ankles. Especially in the summer time, as patients go on all kinds of adventures. If you injure your ankle, you might not be able to tell if it is sprained or fractured. Of course, once you get to our office, we can conduct an X-ray to determine what has happened. But in the mean time, here’s what you should know.

 

Sprained Ankle:

This happens when you damage the ligaments in your ankle.

Ligaments are the tough, stretchy bands that hold your bones in place and help keep the joint stable. They’re meant to stretch and move, but only to a point. A sprain means that a ligament is torn or stretched beyond its limits.

 

Ankle Fracture:

This happens when at least one of three bones in your ankle breaks.

If just one bone is broken, you may not realize how bad the injury is. But if multiple bones break at once, you will lose stability in your ankle and may not be able to walk.

An ankle fracture can also lead to ligament damage.

 

Did you hear a sound when you hurt your ankle? A sprain may occur silently, or in severe cases there may be a popping sound. With a fracture, you might hear a crack.

While swelling is a symptom of both injuries, if your ankle looks clearly “off,” it’s most likely because a bone is broken.

Should You Visit the ER or Urgent Care?

Did you know with many injuries or illnesses, you can visit an urgent care center instead of the Emergency Room? An urgent care center is more convenient, plus it saves you time and money.

Average time of an ER visit: 4.5 hours

Average cost of an ER visit: $1,757

Average cost of an urgent care center visit: $153

 

An urgent care center is a good option for any issues that can’t wait for an appointment with your regular physician, but are not so serious that they need to be at an ER. Urgent Care centers can be just as quick as ERs, and offer many of the same services, including X-Rays, tests, and writing prescriptions.

 

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, head to an Urgent Care center.

Flu and cold

Coughs and sore throat

High fevers

Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain

Cuts and severe scrapes

Broken bones

Minor injuries and burns

 

If your condition is more severe, and you find it on this list, it’s worth it to get to an Emergency Room

Allergic reactions to food, animal or bug bites

Severe Broken bones

Chest pain

Constant vomiting

Continuous bleeding

Severe shortness of breath

Deep wounds

Weakness or pain in a leg or arm

Head injuries

Unconsciousness

 

You can always call our office if you’re unsure whether you should visit the ER or Urgent Care. We always want to do our best to get you back on your feet!

 

All About Allergies

Nasal allergies are the most common manifestation of allergies. Typical symptoms include:

Nasal congestion

Clear runny nose

Itchy nose

Itchy throat and post-nasal drip

Crease across the top of the nose from constant wiping

Excessive sneezing

Dark circles under eyes

Persistent cough, often rattling

How do you tell if your child has allergies or just a simple cold?

You notice that your child’s nose has been running for a few days. He begins sneezing, develops an occasional cough, and has to blow his nose frequently. You ask yourself, “Could this be allergies? Or is it just a common cold virus?”

Many parents bring their children to the doctor with this very question. In reality, during the early stages of these symptoms, it doesn’t really matter if this is an allergy or a cold. Neither condition needs an antibiotic and the child doesn’t need to be in the office.

 

Now, if you really want to know whether your child is suffering from allergies or just a cold, you are going to have to wait and see if symptoms persist longer than one to three months – this is perhaps the single most important indicator of allergies. For an allergy test, visit our office!

Spring Sports Clearance

Spring Sports Clearance

Your student athlete is likely prepping for exciting spring sports like baseball, lacrosse, and track & field. But before you hit the field, make sure they have the right clearance! Most schools require a sports clearance examination before they can participate in any athletic events. Stop by Xpress Urgent care for your spring sports exam!

 

The exam checks the following stats for athletes:

  • heart health
  • range of motion
  • lung health and history of asthma
  • visual acuity
  • height & weight
  • past injuries or illness
  • concussion history

 

Stamped paperwork is included.

 

Make an appointment or walk-in to our clinic to meet with a clinician. At your appointment, you can expect a full body physical examination, including:

  • Reviewing your athlete’s health history, including history of head trauma
  • Ensuring your child’s immunizations are up to date
  • Conducting an exam to determine if your athlete is able to safely participate in sports activities

 

Sports clearance examination fulfills camp and sports health form requirements. This is not intended to replace your child’s annual physical exam by his or her primary physician.

 

Come visit us before the season starts so your athlete is ready to play safely!

 

 

Symptoms of the Common Cold

Symptoms of the Common Cold

Do you think you’ve gotten a cold? Symptoms can come on 1-3 days after you’ve been infected with the virus.

 

A cold virus enters your body through your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks.

It also spreads by hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold or by sharing contaminated objects, like doorknobs, pens, or phones. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure, you’re likely to catch a cold.

 

You may have a cold if you have a combination of the following symptoms:

Runny or stuffy nose

Sore throat

Cough

Congestion

Slight body aches or a mild headache

Sneezing

Low-grade fever

Generally feeling unwell (malaise)

 

Many common colds will run their course after a few days. However, in some cases, you should consult a doctor.

For adults — seek medical attention if you have:

Fever greater than 101.3 F (38.5 C)

Fever lasting five days or more or returning after a fever-free period

Shortness of breath

Wheezing

Severe sore throat, headache or sinus pain

 

Most people with a common cold can be diagnosed by their signs and symptoms. If your doctor suspects you have a bacterial infection or other condition, he or she may order a chest X-ray or other tests to exclude other causes of your symptoms.

First Aid Essential For The Car

First Aid Essential For The Car

Accidents happen, but its important to be prepared. A well-stocked first aid kit is a must have for a car or backpack that you take with you on hikes or outings. Even if the wound is more serious, taking efforts to clean and protect it with items from your kit can help you safely arrive at our urgent care center.

 

Tweezers

Tweezers are the safety way to remove splinters or ticks. Remember to thoroughly disinfect them with alcohol before and after each use.

 

Hydrocortisone cream

For itchy bug bites or rashes, carry small tubes of hydrocortisone cream. This topical steroid provides relief from itching and reduces inflammation.

 

Pain relievers

Pain relievers are a necessity to relieve pain and bring down fevers. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are popular over-the-counter pain relievers.

 

Gauze and tape

For small cuts and scrapes, gauze pads can be used to apply pressure until the bleeding stops. When used with tape, gauze can serve as bandage to cover and protect wounds. Adhesive bandages of a variety of sizes are also recommended.

 

Wipes or solutions for wounds

Before you apply a bandage, you need to clean scrapes or wounds. Antiseptic wipes or sprays are convenient for cleaning injuries when there’s no clean water nearby. Sterile water or saline, such as contact lens saline solution, is good to have for flushing out eye injuries and can be used on other wounds.

Common Holiday Injuries Urgent Care Can Treat!

Common Holiday Injuries Urgent Care Can Treat!

During the busy holiday season, visiting an urgent care center as opposed to the ER or doctor’s office will get you in and out quickly for your Cold and Flu, Sore Throat, or Sinus Infection. In addition to these common cold-weather illnesses, there are many injuries that happen frequently during the holidays and the cold months. If you’re suffering from a non-life-threatening injury, come visit us!

Sledding accidents
We can provide X-Rays and stitches for minor sledding accidents, or if you slipped and fell on the ice!

Burnt fingers
With all that holiday baking, it can be easy to forget a pot-holder. For minor burns to skin, we can provide treatment.

Accidents from playing indoors
When all that kid energy is stuck indoors, accidents can happen. If someone might need stitches for an X-Ray, come on by.

Sports injuries
We treat sports injuries for winter sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. Whether it’s a twisted ankle or a sprain, we provide quick, effective and affordable treatment solutions.

Nausea/food poisoning
With all those holiday potlucks, you may accidentally eat someone you’re allergic to or something that wasn’t cooked properly. If you come down with food allergies or food poisoning, our professional team can help.

Do You Have The Flu?

Flu season begins in early fall, peaks around January and February, and continues until April or May. The Flu is one of the most common illnesses people complain of. The first step to avoiding the flu is getting a flu shot. If you didn’t get your shot, or unfortunately get infected with a strain that the vaccine didn’t protect against, the flu can be very frustrating. Flu is a viral infection so it does not respond to antibiotics, which only work with bacterial diseases. A respiratory illness, it spreads easily from person to person and can be picked up from infected surfaces. The most common flu symptoms include:
Sore throat
Muscle and body aches
Stuffy head and nose
Headaches
Coughs (can start as a dry cough but turn more serious)
Fatigue or feeling weak
Fever (102° or more)

Diarrhea and vomiting can also accompany flu, although this is more common in children than in adults. Anyone with reduced immunity who shows symptoms of flu should contact their doctor, and if you have green or yellow mucus, very severe headaches or difficulty breathing you should contact the emergency room without delay.

Symptoms typically last for a week, and can be treated with over the counter medicine. Reduce your fever with a pain reliever like ibuprofen, and take antihistamines and decongestants to help breathe easier if you’re congested.

Typically, with some medicine to reduce your symptoms and some rest and fluids, you’ll be in top shape soon enough. However, your body may not be able to fight off the flu on its own, and in that case you should see your doctor. The signs for that include:

Difficulty breathing
• Chest or stomach pain
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Severe vomiting

Time for a Flu Shot!

School is back, the temperature is cooling, and people are starting to get sick. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s time to do it! A quick vaccination will help you healthy and moving all season long.

A flu shot lowers the risk of children being admitted into the emergency room by 74%, according the CDC. Decreasing your chances of a hospital visit is not only good for your health, but also for your budget. Emergency room visits are expensive – much more than a one-time flu shot!

A flu shot is not the only way you can protect yourself from getting the flu. You can try to avoid contact with sick individuals, wash your hands, stay hydrated and exercise. Getting a lot of rest is another key to flu prevention. A well-rested body is a strong, healthy body.

If you or your child do start to feel sick, make sure you stay at home. Don’t spread it! Try not to go to many public areas, where you could pass on your germs to others.

Visit us today and get protection from the flu! With minimal wait time, we’ll get you in, out, and on with your day. The fastest way to health is with a visit to Xpress Urgent Care!

Why Choose Urgent Care?

Why Choose Urgent Care?

An urgent care center is extremely helpful for many reasons. These are the most important factors why people choose an urgent care clinic over other options:
1. Affordability
The rising costs of traditional healthcare are driving people to seek out alternatives. Urgent care clinics are simply cheaper, on average, than other options, and 80% of emergency room visits could just as well have been handled at a walk in clinic. Furthermore, they accept most forms of insurance and usually provide big discounts to those who are without insurance coverage.
2. Faster Service
Waiting at an ER can take several hours, but you can likely receive care in 30 minutes or less at an urgent care center. The Xpress Urgent Care center is open on the weekends and is Metro accessible, so care is just a few minutes away.

3. Greater Convenience
Without any hassle of making an appointment and following a strict schedule, it is simply more convenient to use a walk in clinic for things like immunizations, flu and cold treatments, pediatric care, medical lab tests, and X-ray services. Mandatory physical exams for school, sports, or work are also commonly done at walk in clinics due to the ease with which it can be accomplished.
4. Access to a Quick Diagnosis
Sometimes, it is clear that you don’t need to make an ER trip, but neither are you sure exactly how serious your condition is. A walk in clinic can quickly diagnose you so you know what steps to take next.

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