Sports Injury Treatment for Athletes of All Levels in Spring Valley
Sports injuries can happen at any time to anyone – not just hard-core athletes. That’s why it’s so important to know how to assess a sports injury and determine where you should seek treatment – at home, at an urgent care center, or in an emergency room.
Evaluate Your Injury
Whether your sports injury occurred suddenly during play or developed gradually through overuse, the first thing you should do is stop using your injured body part. Then, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your pain very severe or unbearable?
- Are you experiencing significant swelling or numbness?
- Are you unable to support any weight on your injured body part?
If you answered “no” to all three questions, you can probably treat your sports injury at home by following the “PRICE” protocol, which involves protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If your symptoms do not improve with a few days of home treatment, you should seek professional medical attention.
Deciding Where to Go for Sports Injury Treatment
Many sports are played after hours and weekends, when most primary care doctors’ offices are closed, which means an urgent care center is often a more convenient option for sports injury treatment. It might be helpful to think of an urgent care center as the emergency room’s less-expensive brother. For instance, at MedRite Urgent Care in Spring Valley, you can benefit from on-site X-rays and other diagnostic testing, as well as a wide variety of urgent care services that you could also receive at an ER – but at a fraction of the cost.
Of course, you can always receive treatment for a non-life-threatening sports injury at an ER. But, why would you when you can receive comparable services from MedRite – without the long wait, frenzied environment, or hefty bill? Save the ER for true emergencies – such as a sports injury that involves uncontrolled bleeding, difficulty breathing, or a loss of consciousness – that’s what an ER is designed to handle. For all other sports injuries, come to MedRite.
Here’s The Takeaway
If you’re injured while playing sports or experience a flare-up of a chronic condition that is worse than usual, take a moment and evaluate the situation. If you need non-emergency urgent care, come directly to MedRite Urgent Care in Spring Valley, where you will be promptly seen and treated by an experienced medical professional.