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When to Go to the Emergency Room for a Sports Injury

Sports injuries are common, but with timely treatment and rest, including at-home recovery, you can generally avoid complications. Minor issues can be easily treated by your primary care doctor or at Urgent Care, but not all injuries fall into this category! Going to the Emergency Room can make a big difference in getting an accurate diagnosis and fitting treatment to prevent permanent damage or movement limitation. If you are suffering from a medical emergency, you should call 911 or get to your nearest ER location!

At Advance ER, we understand that some sports injuries can be more serious and require immediate attention from certified medical practitioners at an Emergency Room to ensure proper diagnosis and avoid lasting consequences. We want you to have effective help to take care of your injuries with minimal transport and waiting lines, and we offer medical care for both adults and children. Learning what symptoms and injuries to watch for is important so you may recognize when to get checked at the ER. And in case of doubt about the severity of your situation, we recommend speaking to one of our certified team members.  

Common Sports Injuries

  • Broken bones: Fractures, especially open ones where the bones protrude outside of the wound site, require immediate care to ensure proper healing. It is especially important to avoid further strain on either the broken bone or other parts of your body that may help compensate in terms of movement or stance.
  • Joint injuries: Joints are often at risk with sports injuries. Besides sharp pains, symptoms can include swelling and bruising. These injuries range from sprains to dislocations. Achilles tendon damage is also a possibility.
  • Head Injuries: Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries must be checked promptly to evaluate their severity. If you are experiencing a severe headache, dizziness, double vision, or loss of consciousness, you should go to the ER.
  • Uncontrolled or persistent bleeding
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extreme back pain
  • Sharp abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Seizure

Other Symptoms to Watch For

Why Go to the ER Instead of Urgent Care

Limited Waiting Time

Timely care is crucial when it comes to severe injuries, and we want to make sure you don’t suffer avoidable complications and lasting effects. This is why we encourage you to call 911 or safely go to the nearest ER if you believe your sports injury is severe. Please stay safe and don’t drive yourself to the ER.

At Advance ER, one of our medical experts will diagnose and treat you as soon as possible, with minimal waiting time. We serve Galleria Area, Park Cities, and the surrounding North Dallas neighborhoods. Our 24/7 service includes available professionals ready to answer your calls to discuss your symptoms.

SPECIALIST NOW™

Most Urgent Care facilities operate like walk-in clinics and only have physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and/or medical assistants on staff. They generally don’t have specialists on location or on call, which can delay appropriate care.  Seeing a specialist can make a huge difference in addressing your injury and allow you to receive more efficient care. A specialist can provide a more accurate diagnosis and help you recover better and quicker.

At Advance ER, our board-certified general medicine experts collaborate with our SPECIALIST NOW™ team. Our on-call specialists are available to jump on conference consultations to offer you medical guidance in a matter of minutes. Whether you need a diagnosis from a cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, a neurologist, or a pediatrician, our SPECIALIST NOW™ feature means you can get a consultation at any of our locations. We offer this service to our patients at no additional office charge.

On-Site Services

While some Urgent Care facilities provide laboratories and diagnostic imaging tests (Ultrasounds, CT scans, X-Rays), this is not a guarantee. In case of severe symptoms and life-threatening injuries, you need to be at an ER where you have access to these resources. At Advance ER, our patients’ wellbeing and recovery are our priorities, which is why we invest in highly qualified personnel and cutting-edge technology.

Our on-site equipment helps you avoid delay in getting the appropriate screenings for your injuries. These non-invasive tools provide our medical team with accurate and detailed information to inform their diagnosis and take the best possible care of you. In addition to our imagery and laboratory services, we also have on-site pharmacies so you can get your prescription when you’re discharged without having to make an extra stop on your way home.

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021