HealthFit’s approach to acute care & injury care
Accidents happen, and when they do, we want to be there for our patients. HealthFit Family Medicine offers flexible scheduling so our patients can see a provider quickly and get on the road to recovery.
HealthFit Family Medicine offers 24/7 phone availability and same-day appointments for acute care and injuries. HealthFit is equipped to handle emergency situations that are not life-threatening. If you or a family member experiences an injury outside of normal business hours, we recommend going to an urgent care or emergency room for immediate treatment.
When sickness or injury strike, don’t suffer through symptoms. Make an appointment with Jodie Gahn-Stahley, our experienced acute care provider.
Our acute care & injury care services
HealthFit encourages an active lifestyle. However, sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, and lacerations/cuts can sometimes result from physical activity. In a time of emergency, it is important to seek immediate help and receive proper treatment.
Below is a list of some of the injuries we can treat at HealthFit Family Medicine.
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains are two common injuries. A sprain occurs at the joint when it twists while bearing weight. It affects the ligament connecting bone to bone. These accidents tend to occur when a patient rolls or twists an ankle.
A strain, also known as a pulled muscle, affects the muscle or tendons, which connect muscle to bone. This occurs when too much force is placed on the muscle.
Common symptoms of sprains and strains include bruising, muscle spasms, swelling, and limited flexibility and movement. Patients should seek our acute care for sprains and strains if:
- They are unable to use the joint or damaged muscle.
- Develop a fever, and the damaged area is hot.
- Heard a popping sound or sensation at time of injury.
- The pain in the injured joint does not improve.
A fracture is the same thing as a broken bone, though many people think they are different and that a fracture is merely a crack. A fracture is caused when a bone is hit by something strong, causing it to break or shatter.
Fractures often require X-rays, bone scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to properly diagnose the injury. Fractures may require a splint, casting, sling or a combination of these support tools to aid healing and recovery. This helps secure the bone in alignment to facilitate the mending of the bone. We perform all these services at HealthFit, either in our offices or at the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital located next door.
A stress fracture, tiny cracks in a bone, may be barely noticeable at first but tends to worsen over time if not given a chance to properly heal. Most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot, this injury is often the result of increasing an activity amount or intensity too quickly. Symptoms at the injury site may include swelling, numbness, bleeding, bruising or bone sticking through the skin.
Patients should always seek acute care when they suspect they have a fracture.
Dislocations occur when the end of a bone is forced out of its position in a joint. Dislocations are usually the result of a fall, a blow or hard contact in a sport. They can occur at the shoulder, jaw, elbow, finger, hip, knee, ankle or toe.
A dislocation is very painful and generally visibly out of place. Dislocations are cause for seeking acute care to get the dislocated bone back into position.
Lacerations (cuts) treatment
Lacerations and cuts are the same thing: a deep, possibly jagged cut or tearing of the skin, during which bleeding can be fast and extensive. Open wounds require our immediate attention. Until a laceration patient is in our care, someone should apply direct pressure and elevate the wound if possible to control the blood flow.
Depending on the severity of the injury, proper treatment may require our provider to numb the area with anesthetic and seal the laceration with skin glue or sutures (stitches). To avoid infections, patients should keep the location of the wound and surrounding area clean. Outside of business hours immediately seek treatment at an urgent or emergency care facility.
An abrasion is a wound in which the skin is scraped away by some trauma involving friction. It may require acute care if one can’t remove debris that has become imbedded in the abrasion, as it can cause infection.
Take the next steps at HealthFit
HealthFit offers same-day appointments to treat you when you need it most. Call (303) 218-7774 to arrange for a quick appointment.
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