Helping treat injuries for the Glens Falls Sports Community
Now it is almost time for Spring sports. The weather is warming up and the backyard Wiffle Ball games are sure to leave a few of you with aches and pains. The soccer games are going to result in many twisted ankles. When is it time to have these injuries looked at by a doctor?
In general, if there is persistent pain, swelling, bruising, or anything looks crooked, you need to have the injury evaluated. The best way to initially handle these injuries on the field or at home is to immediately stop playing. Do not apply any weight to the area and keep it elevated above the level of your heart to help with the swelling and the pain. Ice should be applied to the painful area with a protective cloth on the skin to prevent frostbite. It is always a good idea to splint the badly injured part. Many things are easily available to use for this purpose. My favorites are a pillow wrapped and tied around an ankle and a few magazines wrapped and tied to support a wrist or arm injury. At Adirondack Urgent Care, we are prepared to manage sprains and broken bones. We perform and read the x-rays, apply temporary splints and then refer you to the appropriate orthopedist for casting and follow up.
The cuts caused by a slip or fall while hiking also need to be properly cared for. Immediately rinse the cut with water and apply pressure on the cut so stop the bleeding. You should then wrap it in a bandage and have a medical professional examine it. Most cuts can be repaired at Adirondack Urgent Care where we strive to manage the pain of the procedure before, during, and after the repair is completed. We have many options to close the wounds including sutures (stitches), surgical skin glue, and even surgical staples. Most wounds should then be washed daily with soap and water and covered with antibiotic ointment and a bandage until they are healed.
Head injuries are commonly caused by bicycle and skateboard accidents. Both adults and children should wear bike helmets all of the time while on a bike. Make sure the helmet is the correct size and properly secured around the chin. If the person blacks out, has significant swelling, bruising, or a large cut to the head, I would prefer that person be taken to the hospital emergency department. Being dazed, sleepy, or nauseous after a head injury is common and the emergency department is the best place to go if that occurs. Not all people who have a head injury need a CT(CAT) scan of their head but your hospital emergency department staff are the best ones to make that decision.
Realizing that many of these injuries occur on weekends or after your regular doctor has closed for the day, you should plan ahead by looking up Adirondack Urgent Care ahead of time as we have evening and weekend hours. We are open 9am to 9pm every day. In a future article I can discuss what you should carry with you in a first aid kit in your car or backpack.
Dr. Todd Duthaler
Adirondack Urgent Care
959 Route 9
Mt Royal Plaza
Queensbury, NY 12804
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959 Route 9
Mt. Royal Plaza
Queensbury, NY 12804